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Improved Neanderthal genome published


Researchers have published a new, high-quality sequencing of the Neanderthal genome.

The genome produced from remains of a toe bone found in a Siberian cave is far more detailed than a previous “draft” Neanderthal genome sequenced three years ago by the same team at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

“The genome of a Neanderthal is now there in a form as accurate as that of any person walking the streets today,” Svante Paabo, a geneticist who led the research, told The Associated Press in an email.

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Story: Frank Jordans, AP | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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