Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Scientists are reconstructing the genome of Neanderthals - the close relations of modern man.
The ambitious project involves isolating genetic fragments from fossils of the prehistoric beings who originally inhabited Europe to map their complete DNA.
The Neanderthal people (info) were believed to have died out about 35,000 years ago - at a time when modern humans were advancing across the continent.
Lead researcher Dr Svante Paabo (homepage), an evolutionary geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, said: 'This would be the first time we have sequenced the entire genome of an extinct organism.'
...But the prospect of the genome providing the blueprint for resurrecting a living "Jurassic-Park-style" Neanderthal is unlikely.
Continued at "Scientists Create Neanderthal Genome"
And the following paper:
Nature Reviews Genetics 7, 693-702 (September 2006) | doi:10.1038/nrg1940
by Philipp Khaitovich, Wolfgang Enard, Michael Lachmann and Svante Paabo
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