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Neanderthal genome completed

Press release Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 12 February 2009

Neanderthal genome completed

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and 454 Life
Sciences Corporation have completed a draft sequence of the Neanderthal
The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig,
Germany, and the 454 Life Sciences Corporation, in Branford, Connecticut,
will announce on 12 February during the 2009 Annual Meeting of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and at a
simultaneous European press briefing that they have completed a first draft
version of the Neanderthal genome. The project, made possible by financing
from the Max Planck Society, is directed by Prof. Svante Pääbo, Director of
the Institute’s Department of Evolutionary Anthropology. Pääbo and his
colleagues have sequenced more than one billion DNA fragments extracted
from three Croatian Neanderthal fossils, using novel methods developed for
this project. The Neanderthal genome sequence will clarify the evolutionary
relationship between humans and Neanderthals as well as help identify those
genetic changes that enabled modern humans to leave Africa and rapidly
spread around the world, starting around 100,000 years ago.
Source: MPI EVA

Press Release 12 February 2009

Further Information: Website Neandertal Genome Project

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