Scott Woodward

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Scott Ray Woodward[1] is a microbiologist and molecular biologist who specializes in genetic genealogy and ancient DNA studies. He was a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) from 1989 to 2003. He is currently the president and principal investigator for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Woodward is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[2]

One of his main assistants in the molecular genealogy project is Ugo Perego nicknamed "EL Peludo".

Woodward graduated from the College of Eastern Utah in 1978. He received his Ph.D. from the Utah State University, where he studied under Eldon Gardner. In 1989 he was made a professor at BYU. Early in his research career, he did DNA studies on Egyptian mummies[3] and the Dead Sea Scrolls.[4] He also led a team that worked to decipher dinosaur DNA.[5] Woodward was involved in the discovery of the first genetic marker for cystic fibrosis.

In 1991, Woodward was one of the BYU professors who suggested students be banned from driving cars to campus.[6]

In 1994, Woodward announced to have extracted and typed DNA from an 80-million-year-old Cretaceous dinosaur bone,[7] but S. Blair Hedges[8] and other ancient DNA experts [9] demonstrated that Woodward had really sequenced human DNA.

Woodward has served as a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1994–1995.[10]


  1. ^ Middle name from Google Book Search entry for his doctoral dissertation. See: "Pedigree Analysis of the Gardner Syndrome and Other Polypoid Diseases". Google Book Search. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  2. ^ "BYU Projects Aid Dead Sea Scrolls Studies", Ensign, December 1995, pp. 70–71.
  3. ^ Bauman, Joseph (August 15, 1995). "BYU Team Pulls Facts From Teeth of Mummies". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  4. ^ "DNA Work May Help Unlock Scrolls' Mystery". Deseret News. February 5, 1995. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  5. ^ New York Times, November 18, 1994
  6. ^ Adams, Brooke (December 9, 1991). "UTAH County Poll Finds Little Support For Ban on Driving". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  7. ^ Woodward SR, Weyand NJ, Bunnell M. (1994) DNA sequence from Cretaceous period bone fragments. Science. 1994 Nov 18;266(5188):1229-32
  8. ^ Hedges SB, Schweitzer MH. (1995) Detecting dinosaur DNA. Science. 1995 May 26;268(5214):1191-2
  9. ^ Zischler H, Höss M, Handt O, von Haeseler A, van der Kuyl AC, Goudsmit J. (1995) Detecting dinosaur DNA. Science. 1995 May 26;268(5214):1192-3
  10. ^ Johnson, Cooper. "DNA and the Book of Mormon". Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research. Retrieved 2009-06-04.