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UV–light DNA mutations found by Neanderthal genome project

Family tree of four groups of early humans living in Eurasia 50,000 years ago. (Credit: Max Planck Institute)

Family tree of four groups of early humans living in Eurasia 50,000 years ago. (Credit: Max Planck Institute)

It is human nature to want to know where you come from—who your family is, where they lived, what their lives were like. Breakthroughs in DNA technology have made it possible for the average person to take an at-home test to determine their family’s ethnic origins. Researchers with the Neanderthal genome project are taking that investigation once step further with their look into the connections between modern humans and Neanderthals, including the latest information about UV-light adaptations. These DNA mutations indicate that the two groups may have more in common than was originally believed. Read more