Lecture by Prof. Dr. Svante Pääbo (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig)
The MPI laboratory has generated high-quality genome sequences from Neandertals and Denisovans, archaic hominins who shared a common ancestor with present-day humans about half a million years ago. Analyses of these genomes show that gene flow occurred among modern human ancestors and archaic hominins. As a consequence, archaic genetic variants occur in present-day people.
Professor Svante Pääbo will discuss the effects of some of these variants as well as of some variants that appeared and rose to high frequencies in modern humans since their divergence from the archaic hominins.
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