High-quality Neanderthal genome reconstructed

Published on January 6th, 2014 | by Admin

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Scientists in Germany have reconstructed a Neanderthal genome out of materials extracted from a 50,000-year-old toe bone.

An international research team led by Kay Prüfer and Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has determined a high-quality genome sequence of a Neandertal woman. The genome allows detailed insights into the relationships and population history of the Neandertals and other extinct hominin groups. The results reveal that gene flow among such groups was common but generally of low magnitude. It also provides a definitive list of the DNA sequence changes that distinguish modern humans from our nearest extinct relatives.

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Story: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft | Photo: MPI f. Evolutionary Anthropology/ B. Viola

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