A Higher Than Average Risk Of Diabetes Among Mexicans Linked To Neandertal Introgression

Why do some populations have increased incidences of chronic disease? Why do blacks have hypertension more than whites? Why does a Mexican have 2.72 more the risk of having Type 2 Diabetes compared to a non-Hispanic person? A new paper published in Nature yesterday outlines a particularly interesting finding about rhetorical questions about metabolic disease... One that I'll... Continue Reading →

A Fourth Unknown Early Human Lineage?

A couple of days ago, Nature published a comparison of the genome of a 50,000-year-old Neandertal woman with those of modern humans and Denisovans. The group revealed evidence of interbreeding among at least 4 species of early humans. Neandertals and Denisovans diverged 300,000 years ago, both of which eventually died out, they left bits of... Continue Reading →

A New Twist in the Neandertal Lineage

Just in from Atapuerca, northern Spain: mitochondrial DNA has been retrieved from the bones of Homo heidelbergensis. The Sima de los Huesos, or pit of bones, has been a treasure trove of human remains, and has yielded a minimum number of 28 individuals dating to at least 300,000 years ago. This type of preservation and... Continue Reading →

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