NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a paper appearing online yesterday in Current Biology, British and Chinese researchers reported that they have refined the estimates for human DNA mutation rates.

The team, led by investigators at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, used a combination of high-throughput and Sanger sequencing to hone in on base substitutions in the same Y chromosome sequence from two distantly related men.

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