Neanderthal DNA in Modern Human Genomes Is Not Silent
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Bib: Akst, J. (n.d.). Neanderthal DNA in Modern Human Genomes Is Not Silent. Retrieved from https://www.the-scientist.com/features/neanderthal-dna-in-modern-human-genomes-is-not-silent-66299
It has been implied that ancient hominins had bred with the ancestors of modern day humans. Nearly 2% of modern day humans with Eurasian ancestry is Neaderthal. It was questioned if there was hominin group interbreeding, and after long debate and research that it was. This lead to the new goal of finding out if this altered the trajectory of human history. Though it has not been seen in modern day culture that a human and neanderthal alleles have different physicological effects.
Many tests have been done on multiple variants of neanderthals with Eurasian ancestry to look at their genome. One specific gene- BNC2, caused those to have pale skin color that did not tan and only burn when in the sun. Continueing studies on Neanderthal gene and genome research are being taken very seriously. Some believe that there are more phenotypes that direct back to Neanderthals thank we are aware of and Neanderthal DNA is more prominent in modern day than we think.