NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – At the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting today in Chicago, Svante Pääbo announced the completion of the draft Neandertal nuclear genome.

Pääbo, director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology's Department of Evolutionary Genetics, said the results suggest that Neandertals were not that different from humans from a genomic perspective. Rather, Neandertal nuclear DNA sequence often falls into some of the same patterns of genetic variation observed in modern humans.

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