First draft of Neanderthal genome is unveiled
By NEW SCIENTIST
Added: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 00:00:00 UTC
Thanks to Ivan Bailey for the link.
The first draft of the genome of a 38,000 year-old Neanderthal is complete, scientists announced today.
Early glimpses of the genome, which was sequenced by Svante PÃ¤Ã¤bo, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and colleagues, have already cast new light on the ancient human species that went extinct more than 25,000 years ago.
"This will be the first time the entire genome of an extinct organism has been sequenced," PÃ¤Ã¤bo told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in Chicago.
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