Human Origins

Neandertal genome sequence published

Results reveal genetic differences between Neandertals and modern humans, and suggest some interbreeding An international research team has sequenced the Neandertal genome, using pill-sized samples of bone powder from three Neandertal bones found in a cave in Croatia. The results appeared in the 7 May issue of the journal Science, which is published by AAAS, the nonprofit science society.

Every gene tells a story

Izelle Theunissen, MRC News Genes reveal more than whether you were going to have a crooked nose or curly hair. They can also spill the beans about where your ancestors come from. Dr Himla Soodyall of the MRC 's Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research Unit tells more about the origins of the Lemba. The Lemba (or Remba, as they are known in Zimbabwe) is a group of Bantu-speakers who tell a fascinating account of their ancestry. Now genetic techniques pioneered by Dr Soodyall and her team bear their legends out.


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