Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Preview: Decoding Neanderthals

Scientists Track Down Our DNA Connection to Neanderthals

Decoding Neanderthals (PBS, 9pm) - In 2010, a team led by geneticist Svante Paabo announced stunning news. Not only had they reconstructed much of the Neanderthal genome—an extraordinary technical feat that would have seemed impossible only a decade ago—but their analysis showed that "we" modern humans had interbred with Neanderthals, leaving a small but consistent signature of Neanderthal genes behind in everyone outside Africa today.

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