Human Origins

Bushman and Bantu genomes sequenced

Archbishop Tutu's personal genome sequenced in a study to shed light on human genetic variation and effect on human health This image shows a group of hunters from the Ju/'hoansi tribe in the Namibian Bush. The indigenous hunter-gatherers of southern Africa, often referred to as Bushmen, represent the oldest known lineage of modern man. By sequencing the genomes of four Bushmen and one Bantu representative from Southern Africa, researchers show that Bushmen have more genetic differences between each other than for example, do a European and Asian. The inclusion in current databases of the...

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