Complete Neanderthal Genome Sequenced – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers have sequenced DNA samples from the bones of three female Neanderthals who lived some 40,000 years ago. Dr. Jim Mullikin with the National Human Genome Research Institute explains that the bones had been buried under multiple layers of sediment.
Mullikin: And, when they unearthed those bones, in clean room environments, they were able to take some of the bones and take small bits of the bone and make it into a powder.
Narrator: From the powder, researchers extracted the Neanderthal DNA and compared it to human and chimpanzee DNA. This new data suggests evolution did not proceed in a straight line. For details on these findings and more about the Neanderthal genome, visit www.genome.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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