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CSHL team helps Neandertal Genome Project compare differences between Neandertals and modern humans
Date:5/6/2010

"it's possible that the number of differences could approach zero."

In short, Hannon says, "the news, so far, is not about how we differ from Neandertals, but how we are so nearly identical, in terms of proteins." In addition to following up on the functional associations of the 88 proteins identified in the current study, Hannon says new research is likely to address other portions of the genome particularly those segments responsible for regulating what genes do. In effect, the search for what distinguishes us from our nearest hominid ancestors will shift to from differences in sequence to differences in function.


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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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