sequencing the neadertal genome

A few days ago now there was a splash of excitement in the newspapers: a research team had announced that they’d sequenced the Neandertal genome. (They didn’t use exclamation marks but you could imagine them there.) I thought at the time that it sounded interesting, but it was a bit unusual that the announcement preceded the publication of a paper in Science or Nature (which is where you might expect to see it.) So I rather thought I might wait to write about it until the actual paper came out & I could read it myself.

But… – it’s insanely busy at work, so time’s short, & then today I found (via PZ’s site) this excellent post by palaeoanthropogy professor John Hawks that gives the Neandertal genome story the ‘frequently asked questions’ treatment. Well-worth a read.

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