July 25, 2006

Who was Neanderthal-man?

Fresh off the press at Nature, is news that geneticists are hoping to sequence out Neanderthal DNA for comparison with humans and chimps. The has put a two year goal on the idea.

With the NGHRI planning on sequencing all major primate species, it means that scientists will be able to compare these with Neanderthal's and get a clearer picture of its ancestry - and its relative position to us.

The only problem is that most (barring ) Neanderthals are fossils, and fossils don't have a good track record of giving viable genetic data for complete sequences. But Neanderthals are young, so maybe there is a little hope. Although I have a feeling it's about as realistic as Mammoth Park.

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