Mark Bittman, foodie and (accidental) BSG punster.
are the closest ancestral relatives to modern humans. Today, Nature
published a special report on the Neandertal genome
, for which a draft sequencing
of three billion nucleotides has been completed. This high-throughput sequencing
project shows how the genetic relationship between Neandertals and modern Europeans and Asians suggests localized interbreeding between the two species roughly 40-80,000 years ago, complicating
the common "out-of-Africa"
story of how modern humans originated. Additional research
extends this low-coverage, first-pass sequencing with a microarray approach that uncovers specific differences
between the human and Neandertal genomes.
Reviews and thoughts on the
Battlestar Galatica finale
, and a few answers
from show creator Ron Moore