19 July 2011

Neanderthal heritage

Researchers at the University of Montreal have confirmed that — with the exception of people in sub-Saharan Africa — people today carry a tiny bit of the same X chromosome carried by Neanderthals.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Research+confirms+modern+humans+part+Neanderthal/5121582/story.html#ixzz1SXYhYKwK

Those with 23andme results can go to http://esquilax.stanford.edu/#explore

to explore the presence of characteristic Neanderthal DNA (alleles) in their own genome. According to postings by Steven Perkins on the GENEALOGY-DNA newsgroup, you

Load your unzipped genome
Select your majority population
Click on Explore in the Menu Box
Select an Exercise
Select Neanderthal
Check your Neanderthal matches.

Perkins mentions that so far, the highest matches have been at 26. In my case I have 9 Neanderthal alleles in my personal genotype.

1 comment:

Stone Apes said...

One group that has been celebrating our Neanderthal heritage is the Society of the Psilocrosse. They've been around since 2006 but I imagine that you'll see more groups doing the same in the near future.