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Thomas Mailund points out an interview with Svante Pääbo at the Edge. There, in a video, Pääbo discusses his work analyzing the Neandertal genome. He says that in his team's papers there is "absolute proof that [Neandertals] didn't contribute mitochondrial DNA" to the human genome, though they are still investigating whether they made contributions to other stretches.

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