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Neanderthals

May 7, 2010

I’m at Janelia Farm at the moment and one of the topics of discussion at lunchtime was the new paper on the Neanderthal genome.  Someone else also pointed out an article in The New York Times that discusses some of the findings.  One of the main contributors to the statistical analysis used to argue that Neanderthals interbred with modern humans was David Reich, who I had spent some time with in the fall.  The sequencing was carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, which was featured in the human spark documentary.

Let me leave it that for now, and come back to this after I have actually read the paper.  Interestingly, though, let me note that one of the things I had asked Reich was whether the Mahalanobis dataset that you had described could be used together with Indian genomic datasets to say something interesting.

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  1. […] like this one on reconstructing Indian population history or the one on Neanderthals that I had mentioned, it seems that societal reaction cannot be neglected.  Indeed the reason for interest in human […]



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