First rough draft of Neandertal genome released

Neandertal genome may reveal secrets of human evolution

By Tina Hesman Saey, 15:03 PM February 12, 2009

CHICAGO — An international group of scientists has completed the first rough draft of Neandertal’s genetic instruction manual. The genetic evidence suggests that humans and Neandertals are very similar, but that the two species probably didn’t interbreed.

Speaking by video teleconference from Leipzig, Germany, scientists led by Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology announced the achievement to reporters gathered at the annual meeting of the American Associat...

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