Group History

In Cell this week, a team led by the University of Pennsylvania's Sarah Tishkoff discusses evolutionary history and adaptations of different African hunter-gatherer populations. The team sequenced the whole genomes of 15 African men — five each from the Western Pygmy, Hadza, and Sadawe populations — which the team then compared to previously published data from a San individual as well as from other diverse African populations.

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