Svante Pääbo

Blast from the Past

February 24, 2016
Geneticist David Reich The ability to extract and then sequence ancient DNA, not just from ancient human bones, but also from the bones of our ancient cousins the Neanderthals, is...
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The Lasting Legacy of Neanderthals

February 18, 2016
New research by scientists at Vanderbilt University adds to our understanding of the legacy of our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals. The study looked specifically at health conditions, finding associations between...
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The Neanderthal Advantage

January 13, 2016
We might not give Neanderthals much respect, but modern humans probably owe our survival, at least in part, to our now-extinct short and burly ancient cousins. A new study by...
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Science’s Rock Stars

November 09, 2015
Seth McFarlane brought the humor, Pharrell Williams the glam, and this year’s winners of the Breakthrough Prize brought the wonder of science.  Breakthrough Prize winners at the ceremony. Image courtesy...
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Dem Bones

October 23, 2014
Svante Pääbo and his team in Leipzig are up to it again, sequencing a 45,000 year-old leg bone found on a riverban in Siberia and revealing more detail about interbreeding...
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Breathless Over New Finding Using Ancient DNA

July 11, 2014
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...
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A Gift To Humanity

March 25, 2014
Here at 23andMe we have an interest in all things Neanderthal, so when none other than Svante Pääbo authored the book Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes we had...
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A Neanderthal Genome Sheds More Light On Human Evolution

December 19, 2013
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...
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Researchers Announce Draft Version of Complete Neanderthal Genome

February 12, 2009
First came the Human Genome Project when, in the year 2000, an international team of scientists began mapping all 23 pairs of our chromosomes.   Then in 2005, the Chimpanzee...
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