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Abteilung für Evolutionäre Genetik

Director: Prof. Dr. Svante Pääbo

The Department of Evolutionary Genetics studies the genetic history of humans, apes and other organisms. We are interested in both the forces that affect the genome directly, such as mutation and recombination, and in the effects of selection and population history.

The department consists of two tenured faculty members: Svante Pääbo and Mark Stoneking; and one non-tenured member, Janet Kelso.

Genome Projects

The Department of Evolutionary Genetics has been working on a number of genome sequencing projects. Researchers of the department have sequenced and analyzed Neandertal genomes, a Denisovan genome and a bonobo genome.

News

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Nuclear DNA from sediments helps unlock ancient human history

Evolutionary Genetics

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in extracting and analyzing Neandertal chromosomal DNA preserved…

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Genomes of the earliest Europeans

Evolutionary Genetics

Ancient genomes shed new light on the earliest Europeans and their relationships with Neandertals

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New Corona test developed

Evolutionary Genetics

Researchers develop a low-cost and fast method to detect a COVID-19 infection from a pool of gargle lavage…

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