The Neanderthal Genome Project Begins

The BBC has a short article on the first DNA isolated from a Neanderthal’s nucleus. (Previous efforts have gotten DNA from their mitochondria, which are small energy-generating organelles.) The results, announced at a meeting, are the fruits of a new method for extracting genetic information from fossils. Theoretically it should be possible to pull together a lot of pieces of Neanderthal DNA into something approaching a genome. We’ll have to wait for the big paper for the details, but these early clues suggest it will be worth the wait.

Update: More from John Hawks here.

0 thoughts on “The Neanderthal Genome Project Begins

  1. Neandertal Genome is on the way!

    In 1997, Svante Pääbo, a paleogeneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, announced that he had sequenced Neandertal mtDNA. This discovery allotted researchers a wealth of information about our curio

  2. I would like a preliminary mtDNA sequencing for the complete 16,000+ pair genome from Neanderthal (Neandertal).

    I am working on some important research involving the primer set MCB398/MCB869 and comparing this particular species ID sequence amongst a number of field samples.

    In fact, just this particular primer set portion of the entire mtDNA genome would be more than adequate.


    Richard Stubstad
    Ojai, California

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