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By applying a statistical model to seven complete human genome sequences, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's Heng Li and Richard Durbin have generated a "detailed history of human population sizes between approximately ten thousand and a million years ago," which they present in a paper published online in advance in Nature this week.

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