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2010 Science News of the Year: Genes & Cells

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2:00pm, December 17, 2010


Credit: © Joe McNally/reconstruction by Kennis and Kennis

Gene sequencing for all, even Neandertals
An unprecedented picture of life’s diversity is emerging as researchers publish the full genetic instruction books of a growing list of species — including one that has been extinct for more than 30,000 years.

A project sequencing Neandertal DNA harvested from bones reveals evidence of prehistoric interbreeding between humans and Neandertals (SN: 6/5/10, p. 5). As for modern humans, scientists have compiled complete genetic profiles of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a Bushman tribal elder named !Gubi (SN: 3/13/10, p. 16). Full genomes are also available for the first time for people of

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