This Week in PNAS

In study slated to appear online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology's Svante Pääbo and colleagues report on genetic findings for a 40,000-year-old human related to both Asian and Native American populations. The researchers sequenced the mitochondrial genome and a non-repetitive stretch of sequence from chromosome 21 using DNA from human remains found in Tianyuan Cave in northern China. They also profiled some 3,000 polymorphic regions in the ancient genome.

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