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Breathless Over New Finding Using Ancient DNA

With one very important exception Tibetans and their Han Chinese neighbors are genetically very similar, but that one difference makes all the difference. In the breathlessly thin air of the Himalayas, Tibetans have a genetic variant that makes them keenly well adapted to living on the “roof of the world.” ...

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Neanderthals And Modern Humans

BioCentury This Week has done a nice series of interviews with Svante Pääbo, the director of evolutionary genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who was also the first to decode the Neanderthal genome. The interview is broken up into a series of short video ...

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More Neanderthal

Scientists at the University of Washington’s Department of Genome Sciences, report that they can zero in on remnant Neanderthal DNA in modern humans, identifying specific regions in our genome where that ancient DNA resides, and they can do this even without access to actual Neanderthal DNA samples from ...

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This Year’s Top Ten Genetic Findings

Each year at this time 23andMe puts together a list of the most interesting genetic findings of 2013. We’re doing that again but with a twist. We want to include in our list a few things that aren’t findings or discoveries, but clearly these stories have had a huge impact on the field of genetics. The fact ...

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A Neanderthal Genome Sheds More Light On Human Evolution

Our favorite ancient cousins, the Neanderthals, are in the news again. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have sequenced the full genome from the toe bone of a Neanderthal woman who lived in Siberia more than 130,000 years ago. Breathtaking in its quality her genome ...

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More Fun with Neanderthals

In another example of how fascinated we are with Neanderthals — our ancient human ancestors — last week the Colbert Report featured British paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer. In a few minutes that were peppered with quips from Stephen Colbert, Stringer managed to explain a couple hundred thousand years of ...

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More On 23andMe’s Neanderthal Lab

Not everyone would embrace their inner caveman, but in today’s Slate Ann Gibbons sure did. Gibbons, who also writes for Science, is the author of the book The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors. Over almost two decades, she’s delved into the discoveries around human evolution. In ...

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Did Humans and Neanderthals Have Sex?

Did they really “do it?" We’re not talking about actress Kristen Stewart and her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director; We’re talking about Neanderthals and modern humans. Without meaning to get all People magazine on you, the question about whether modern humans and Neanderthals hooked up has again ...

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