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Modern humans generate more brain neurons than Neandertals

Evolutionary Genetics

Due to the change of a single amino acid, brain evolution has proceeded differently

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The brains of Neanderthals developed differently from those of modern humans

Evolutionary Genetics

Brain stem cells of modern humans make fewer mistakes in the distribution of their chromosomes to the daughter cells

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Pre-historic Wallacea - a melting pot of human genetic ancestries

Evolutionary Genetics
Archaeogenetics

To shed light on the archipelago’s settlement history, researchers sequenced and analyzed sixteen ancient genomes

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Covid-19 genetic risk variant protects against HIV

Evolutionary Genetics

A Covid-19 risk variant inherited from Neandertals reduces a person’s risk of contracting HIV by 27 percent

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Several million euros in EU funding for Max Planck early career researchers

Evolutionary Genetics

Eleven Max Planck projects receive starter grants from the European Research Councils (ERC); humanities and social sciences lead the internal ranking

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Modern humans developed a more effective protection against oxidative stress

Evolutionary Genetics

Neanderthal variant of the protein glutathione reductase increases risk for inflammatory bowel disease and vascular disease

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DNA in archaeological sediments

Evolutionary Genetics

Ancient human and animal DNA can remain stably localized in sediments, preserved in microscopic fragments of bone and feces

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Molecular Analysis Reveals the Oldest Denisovan Fossils Yet

Evolutionary Genetics

Denisova Cave has yielded new Denisovan remains associated with archaeological artifacts in its lowermost layers dating to 200,000 years ago

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Pleistocene sediment DNA from Denisova Cave

Evolutionary Genetics

Sediment DNA tracks 300,000 years of hominin and animal presence at Denisova Cave

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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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