Salvaged DNA adds to Neandertals' mystique

Salvaged DNA adds to Neandertals' mystique

By Bruce Bower, 15:47 PM April 15, 2008

Scientists have squeezed enough DNA out of a Neandertal fossil to compare it with the only other existing Neandertal DNA sample, as well as with the genetic makeup of people today.

Even with these new data, however, debate continues over the role of Neandertals in the evolution of modern humans.

The two ancient sequences of mitochondrial DNA—inherited from the mother—contain similarities that they do not share with comparable gene sequences in modern humans, report geneticist William Goodwin o...

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