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Genetics Unzipped: Past to present – Searching for evolutionary stories in ancient DNA

Posted by , on 20 October 2022

Neanderthal skull against a black background

Where did we come from? And how are we related to the ancient species that came before us? Asking questions like these is part of what makes us human. But, genetically speaking, what really does make us human?

Dr Kat Arney

In the latest episode of the Genetics Unzipped podcast, we’re exploring what we can discover about our evolution from our DNA, and what evolutionary secrets might be contained in the ancient DNA of our ancestors. Dr Kat Arney looks at why this year’s Nobel Prize awarded for the genomics of ancient humans, how genetic mutations allow Tibetans and their dogs to survive in high altitudes, and dispelling the myth about why many adults can drink milk.

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