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Advantages of Neanderthal DNA in the Human Genome

By | November 10, 2016

The retention of ancient hominin DNA in modern human genomes may have helped our ancestors adapt to life in diverse environments. 

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image: Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split

Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split

By | March 14, 2016

Nuclear DNA from 430,000-year-old specimens indicates that Neanderthals had already diverged from their ancient-human predecessors.

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Borrowing Immunity Through Interbreeding

By | January 7, 2016

Neanderthals and Denisovans contributed innate immune genes to modern humans, scientists show.

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image: Denisovan DNA Reveals Human Roots

Denisovan DNA Reveals Human Roots

By | November 19, 2015

The ancient genomes of 50,000-year-old Denisovan teeth suggest the extinct species lived alongside Neanderthals and modern humans.

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An Ancient Evolutionary Advantage?

By | April 1, 2014

Shared sequences within the brain lipid-metabolism pathway between Neanderthals and modern Europeans highlight questions about how these genetic similarities arose.

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The Mating Habits of Early Hominins

By | December 18, 2013

A newly sequenced Neanderthal genome provides insight into the sex lives of human ancestors.

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Ancient Genomes Reveal Secrets

By | November 19, 2013

New Neanderthal and Denisovan genomes point to the existence of an unidentified early human.

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Genome Digest

By | September 18, 2012

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Genome Digest

By | March 7, 2012

Meet the species whose DNA has recently been sequenced.

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image: Humans Picked Up Ancestral Immunity

Humans Picked Up Ancestral Immunity

By | August 25, 2011

Modern immune systems harbor signs of interbreeding with ancient hominins.

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