All posts tagged with ancient DNA

The genetic ancestry of modern lions

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Marc de Manuel and coworkers have a new paper in PNAS that presents some new findings about lion population history from whole-genome sequencing. The paper h...

Neandertal ancestors of African populations

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Earlier this year, Lu Chen and coworkers from Joshua Akey’s research group published an assessment of the amount of Neandertal ancestry in the genomes of pre...

Skeletons from the Himalayan lake

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Yesterday a fascinating story came out in Nature Communications about the skeletons of Roopkund Lake, in northern India: “Ancient DNA from the skeletons of R...

Profile: David Reich on ancient DNA

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Harvard geneticist David Reich recently was awarded a prize in Molecular Biology from the National Academy of Sciences. On the occasion, PNAS has done an int...

A Denisovan news article

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A nice article by Ewen Callaway has just come out in Nature looking at the current scientific scene regarding the mysterious Denisovans: “Siberia’s ancient g...

Link: The academic battles of ancient DNA

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This week the talk of archaeology and human genetics is a long feature article in the New York Times Magazine about the academic struggles of ancient DNA: “I...

Another Denisovan from Denisova Cave

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Denisova Cave is one of the most fascinating places in the story of human origins. The cave is in the northern wall of the Anuy River valley, within the Alta...

Link: Pääbo wins award

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Some nice coverage of Svante Pääbo in the Washington Post on the occasion of him winning one of the 3-million dollar “Breakthrough Awards” last week: “3 scie...

The genome from Ust’-Ishim

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Qiaomei Fu and colleagues from Svante Pääbo’s lab have reported on a genome from northern Siberia that dates to 45,000 years ago. The genome comes from a hum...

Ghost populations and ancient DNA

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The rapidly changing field of ancient DNA has settled into a kind of normal science, as several teams of researchers have coalesced around a set of approache...

The Denisova-Sima de los Huesos connection

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I direct your attention to a new paper by Mattias Meyer and colleagues describing a mitochondrial DNA sequence from Sima de los Huesos, Spain (Meyer et al. 2...

Baiting ancient DNA with RNA

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A new paper by Meredith Carpenter and colleagues describes a novel method that can greatly enrich the yield of DNA from ancient samples:

Cave bear DNA from Sima de los Huesos

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Jesse Dabney and colleagues, including Svante Pääbo from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, report on the assembly of a complete mitocho...

Dog domestication complexity

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Ewen Callaway covers the active area of dog domestication research in a new Nature News article (“Dog genetics spur scientific spat”) Callaway:dog:2013.

Tracking the potato pathogen

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An increasing number of authors of scientific papers are writing good blog summaries of their work. The really great part is that the authors tend to give ba...

The sea shall give up her dead

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I really like this ScienceNOW account by Traci Watson of new work that has uncovered ancient DNA in deep-seafloor contexts: “Ancient DNA Found Hidden Below S...

Denisova at high coverage

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Science today has released the new paper on the Denisova high-coverage genome by Mattias Meyer and colleagues from Svante Pääbo’s group Meyer:Denisova:2012. ...

Neandertal ancestry "Iced"

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UPDATE (2015-10-21): This post has gotten some attention from social media recently, because Ötzi has been in the news. Later analyses have made clear that o...

Calculus microbially

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Molecular archaeologist Christina Warinner gave a TED talk and the main ideas are now in a CNN article: “Why your dental plaque is valuable”.

How widespread is Denisovan ancestry today?

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Last month, David Reich and colleagues Reich:Denisova:2011 reported on estimates of Denisovan ancestry for island and mainland Asian populations. Their most ...

Ancient genomes review

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Mark Stoneking and Johannes Krause present a review article in the current Nature Reviews Genetics Stoneking:Krause:2011 that gives an overview of the scienc...

A problem of fuzzy mammoths

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Paleogenomics is changing the way we study evolution. In a number of cases, it now allows us to study extinct organisms with the same methods as we study liv...

Mummy trouble redux

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Speaking of Jo Marchant, she has a long article in the current Nature about the mummy DNA controversy (“Ancient DNA: Curse of the Pharoah’s DNA”).

Mummy troubles

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Mummies are always trouble. I hate to say it. You see, in my line of work we can do an awful lot with a skeleton. We’re usually down to a few pieces of bone,...

Hobbit DNA hunt

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Every so often, a reader asks me if I know any new rumors about DNA sampling of “Homo floresiensis”. I’m not holding out much hope for success given the trop...

The Denisova mtDNA sequence: The X-Woman

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In this week’s copy of Nature, Johannes Krause and colleagues Krause:Denisova:2010 report on the complete mitochondrial sequence of a pinky bone from Denisov...

Mailbag: Haplogroups of Peruvian mummies

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Now that we have looked at the DNA of the Tarim Basin mummies, when is somebody going to do the same for the mummies found at Paracasa, Peru? I know that an...

A genome from the mid-Holocene of Greenland

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I was really busy meeting awesome people and making new friends in Georgia this week. So, although I got to read and think about the Greenland ancient genome...

Back-breeding aurochsen

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I was just talking in class today about how people want to back-breed aurochsen out of extinction. Here’s a new story about the idea, from the Telegraph:

Mailbag: Holding on to ancient DNA

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Hi, It is often claimed that ancient genes that were once very adaptable are discarded over time by drift, bottle necks etc. What if an ancient trait wer...

When disease strikes an island species

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Jennifer Viegas writes an interesting story about a new study that shows the extinction of Christmas Island rats was driven by black rat diseases:

Scandinavian dogs R us?

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Mitochondrial phylogeography is a useful tool for the study of wild populations. But applying phylogeography to domestic species is more complicated....

Neandertal genome damage profile

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It's another week, which means it's time for another of the mysteriously-not-yet-appeared PNAS papers. But this time, a friendly source sent me the paper (w...

Ancient DNA profile

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An article by science writer Henry Nicholls in PLoS Biology covers a lot of ground. Most of the attention goes to Alan Cooper, with Svante Pääbo i...

The genetics of refugia

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The NY Times gave a short writeup earlier this week to a paper about ancient DNA from arctic foxes:

Ancient hemorrhagic fever in Mexico?

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I was reading through next month's Discover, and there is an article covering the work of Rodolfo Acuna-Soto, who has proposed that some of the most major e...