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Re: orion Re: DNA hide tests

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Dear Elmer, and others--
the composition of the skins was subjected to extensive analysis by the
Getty Museum in the person of Dr. William Ginell; the report arrived at was
internal and not for publication, as its purpose was to further the IAA´s
attempts to preserve the Scrolls adequately, rather than to contribute to
scholarly dialogue. Nevertheless, it might be mentioned that analysis
showed the "skins" in question to have been reduced to the status of
parchment by leaching with lye and other substances, careful scraping,
stretching, and the like. When Qumranologists speak of something being or
not being "on the leather", they are using a slight misnomer, as parchment
is a much more purified product than leather, consisting essentially only
of collagen.

best regards,

Fred Cryer