Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Full Denisova genome made publicly available

The full genome of the hominin from Denisova Cave in Sibera (known from a single phalanx and an isolated tooth) has been made publicly available in advance of the publication describing it.  An earlier draft copy of the genome was published in 2010 (subscription required).  This is important because it is the likely most complete genetic sequence we have for an ancient human, and because it is a good example of open science.  Study of this genome is likely to reveal insights about the origins of Neanderthals and modern humans.