|Out of the veil of death rode the one million! Neandertals and their genes.|
Weiss KM, Smith FH
Category: evolution, genomics ¤ Added: Jan 19, 2007 ¤ Rating: ◊◊
Two recent papers1,2 report extensive nuclear DNA sequence from a 38,000-year-old Neandertal fossil, comparing it to modern humans and estimating when it diverged from, and whether it contributed to, our gene pool. Based on 65,250 and over a million base-pairs of sequence across the genome, respectively, the groups arrived at slightly different interpretations. The data are an exciting and interesting new contribution, but are not surprising, and a sense of history and question helps put them in perspective. BioEssays 29: 105-110, 2007. (c) 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.