Thursday, February 11, 2010

Brown eyes, brown skin, shovel-form front teeth..what a 4,000 year old hunk!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100210/sc_nm/us_human_genes
An artist's impression shows "Inuk" who is believed ...

Scientists have sequenced the DNA from four frozen hairs of a Greenlander who died 4,000 years ago in a study they say takes genetic technology into several new realms.

Surprisingly, the long-dead man appears to have originated in Siberia and is unrelated to modern Greenlanders, Morten Rasmussen of theUniversity of Copenhagen and colleagues found.

"This provides evidence for a migration from Siberia into the New World some 5,500 years ago, independent of that giving rise to the modern Native Americans and Inuit," the researchers wrote in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

Not only can the findings help transform the study of archeology, but they can help answer questions about the origins of modern populations and disease, they said.

Read the rest of the article by following the link above. Woot woot for genomic sequencing!

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