This Week in Nature

In Nature Genetics this week, a team led by scientists from the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago presents a genomic analysis of thousands of individuals from Sardinia, a Mediterranean island with a distinct culture and genetically isolated population. The researchers analyzed the whole genomes of 3,514 Sardinians and uncovered shared ancestry with Basque individuals, as well as subtly varied genetic similarity with mainland ancient DNA samples.

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