The Iranian Genome Project

Yesterday, my father emailed me a link to the Iranian Genome Project that caught my eye. Ironically, Razib over at Gene Expression also highlighted this project in a recent post. Much like the intentions Harappa & Dodecad ancestry projects, of which I've participated in by submitting my 23andme data, the Iranian Genome Project aims to enlighten Iranian heritage and health.... Continue Reading →

Are YOU a Neandertal?

In 2010 the draft genome for Neandertals was released by Svante Pääbo and colleagues. It was reported that European and Asian populations are between 1-4% Neandertal—but what percentage Neandertal are you? The company known as 23andMe recently released an analysis that claims to answer precisely this question. While personal genome sequencing has not yet hit... Continue Reading →

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 →

The Genealogy of Kwaday Dän Ts’inchi

In 1999, hunters looking for sheep stumbled upon the remains of a man in Tatshenshini-Alsek Park, British Columbia, Canada. The man was found at the foot of a glacier. After reporting the discovery, a team of archaeologists and forensic anthropologists worked with the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations to recover the remains. His affiliation wasn't... Continue Reading →

My visit to the Joint Genome Institute

If you're a regular reader of this site, there are some times when my university doesn't come through for me, such as its reluctance to subscribe to Nature and Science. But there are other times when my university really shines, such as on Friday afternoon, when I visited the Joint Genome Institute's Production Genomics Facility... Continue Reading →

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