Svante Pääbo will be announcing his preliminary results from analyzing the Neanderthal genome at AAAS next week and says he hopes to publish a draft sequence later in the year, reports Nature News. Thomas Mailund is excited. "I can't wait to get my hands on the Neanderthal and run it through our CoalHMM analysis!" he writes.

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