Drilling for Hobbit DNA

A Homo floresiensis premolar will be drilled, and DNA extracted, according to a Nature News piece passed on by Razib, John Hawks, and Dienekes. This is not the first attempt at extracting hobbit DNA, the news article explains, “Five years ago, two teams, one from ACAD and one from the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology… Continue Reading →

Recent Nature and Science papers on Patterns in Human Genetic Variation

In last week’s issue of Nature, we saw two really important papers on large scale human population genetic structure be published. The first was, “Proportionally more deleterious genetic variation in European than in African populations,” and the second was, “Genotype, haplotype and copy-number variation in worldwide human populations.” Not to be outdone by Nature, Science… Continue Reading →

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