In our last post we highlighted a few of the coolest (in our opinion!) health-related developments of 2009. But human genetics isn’t all about disease. Here are a few more favorites:
2009 saw the identification of the remains of the missing members of this Russian royal family, as well as identification of the mutation that caused the hemophilia that plagued their youngest son.
The Celtic Fringe
The genetics of adorable little critters helped scientists understand the prehistory of the British Isles.
Link Between Australian Aborigines and India
Scientists discovered mitochondrial DNA markers shared by isolated tribes in India and native Australians…and nobody else.
Largest Ever Study of Modern African Genetics
2,432 DNA samples from 113 diverse and distinct groups of people from across the African continent as well as 60 non-African groups. Everyone from the Mozabite Berbers of Morocco to the hunter-gatherer San of the Kalahari Desert, and many in between.
We can’t forget all those dog genetics studies. Man’s best friend is certainly a friend of the Spittoon’s!