Large Sections of Archaic DNA Identified in Modern Melanesians

www.archaeology.org | 10/21/2019 | Staff
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—Evan Eichler of the University of Washington and his colleagues have identified two large pieces of ancient hominin DNA in people now living in Melanesia, according to a New Scientist report. All modern humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes made up of tightly coiled DNA containing many genes. The first section of ancient DNA found in modern Melanesians came from Denisovans, and consists of two duplicated sections on chromosome 16. In a duplication, the original gene is kept, while the duplicate may change. “A duplication is a type of mutation that...
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