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Scientists unravel neanderthal DNA

By T.K. Randall
February 13, 2009 · Comment icon 7 comments



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Scientists responsible for unravelling neanderthal DNA have discovered that about the only gene we share with them is one used for speech.
Gene sleuths who have come up with a rough draft of the Neanderthal DNA code said on Thursday the ancient relatives of modern humans shared with us one gene for speech, but little else.The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany and 454 Life Science Corp, a Roche company, said they have sequenced more than 60 percent of the entire Neanderthal genome."


Source: Reuters | Comments (7)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by raphnix 14 years ago
This is but another breakthrough for scientific discovery of human history and origin. Should scientists be focusing now on human discoveries?
Comment icon #2 Posted by jbondo 14 years ago
This is but another breakthrough for scientific discovery of human history and origin. Correct me if I'm wrong but that would make it a different species altogether, now wouldn't it? Of course the educators should keep teaching the theory of human evolution as if it were fact....no matter what the evidence says.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Shuriken 14 years ago
Correct me if I'm wrong but that would make it a different species altogether, now wouldn't it? Of course the educators should keep teaching the theory of human evolution as if it were fact....no matter what the evidence says. well, no one to my knowledge has said that we've evolved from neanderthals, so you fail...
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hatch 14 years ago
well, no one to my knowledge has said that we've evolved from neanderthals, so you fail... Correct me if I'm wrong but they teach that we evolved from a common ancestor. Now if they say that we share only one gene with them it would be nearly impossible as I understand it. Oh, this is a human discovery in how it relates to us.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Corpseus 14 years ago
Correct me if I'm wrong but they teach that we evolved from a common ancestor. Now if they say that we share only one gene with them it would be nearly impossible as I understand it. Oh, this is a human discovery in how it relates to us. From the article, "Preliminary results confirm what the group had already suspected: that Neanderthals, humanity's closest relative, contributed very little to the gene pool of modern humans." This is not to say, preliminary results have proved that human beings and neanderthals are wildly different animals, contrary to what the group already suspected. They a... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by ninjacat 14 years ago
i don't know anything about biology so don't laugh, but if they only share one gene with us then why do they look so much like us?
Comment icon #7 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 14 years ago
Correct me if I'm wrong but that would make it a different species altogether, now wouldn't it? That's exactly what many studies have been leaning towards for years. Do a quick google search and you'll find tons of articles on it. Here's one to start you out. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3431609.stm well, no one to my knowledge has said that we've evolved from neanderthals, so you fail... I've never understood why people can't grasp that concept. It's not even that new of an idea. In the DNA pool Chimps are more closely related to Humans than they are to Gorillas. Which do they lo... [More]


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