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The next Science Café Discussion is led by: Prof Hugh Patterton, Director of the Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at SU
What can archaic DNA tell us about human history?
Speaker: Dr Janet Kelso
Date: 12 August 2021
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Online Platform: MS Teams
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More about the talk
Recent technological advances have made it possible retrieve and sequence DNA from ancient bones and other tissue remains found at archaeological excavations. Over the past decade we have reconstructed the genomes of several Neandertals, and also retrieved the genome of a previously unknown extinct Asian hominin group related to Neandertals, which we call “Denisovans". These genome sequences offer a unique opportunity to explore the population histories of modern humans and of our extinct Neandertal and Denisovan relatives, and to learn about our similarities and differences.
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