Special Feature: The Neandertal Genome

The Neandertal Genome

In the 7 May 2010 issue of Science, Green et al. report a draft sequence of the Neandertal genome composed of over 3 billion nucleotides from three individuals, and compare it with the genomes of five modern humans. A companion paper by Burbano et al. describes a method for sequencing target regions of Neandertal DNA. A News Focus , podcast segment, and special online presentation featuring video commentary, text, and a timeline of Neandertal-related discoveries provide additional context for their findings.

[Note: The papers by Green et al. and Burbano et al., as well as the special presentation and podcast, are free to all site visitors.]


A Draft Sequence of the Neandertal Genome (Free access)
Richard E. Green et al.
Targeted Investigation of the Neandertal Genome by Array-Based Sequence Capture (Free access)
HernÁn A. Burbano et al.

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Special Features

Online ExtraOnline ExtraSpecial Feature: The Neandertal Genome
This presentation includes video commentary from senior author and director of the Neandertal Genome Project, Svante Pää;bo, and from geneticist Sarah Tishkoff (University of Pennsylvania) and paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer (Natural History Museum, London), as well as a timeline of discoveries, and a collection of related articles and Web sites.
Online ExtraPodcast
The first segment of the 7 May podcast highlights the Neandertal genome, with commentary from senior author Svante Pääbo, geneticist Sarah Tishkoff, and paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer.