Geneticist Svante Pääbo, PhD, Wins Nobel Prize for His Research on Neanderthal DNA

Technologies developed by Pääbo to sequence Neanderthal DNA are being widely used in many clinical laboratory settings, including to study infectious disease outbreaks In October, the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to Swedish geneticist Svante Pääbo, PhD, director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, for his innovative work with ancient DNA. And his revolutionary techniques have found their way into many clinical laboratory processes. Pääbo is...

International Team of Scientists Use Genetic Testing to Solve Centuries-Old Mystery of Black Death’s Origin

DNA analysis of early plague victims pinpoints Black Death’s start on Silk Road trading communities in mountain region of what is now modern-day Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia Microbiologists and clinical laboratory scientists will likely find it fascinating that an international team of scientists may have solved one of history’s greatest mysteries—the origin of the bubonic plague that ravaged Afro-Eurasia in the mid fourteenth century. Also known as the Black Death, the plague killed 60% of the...

Discovery That Modern Humans Aren’t Especially Unique, Genetically Speaking, May Lead to Improved Precision Medicine Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Of interest to clinical pathologists is the finding that sequencing the genomes of Humans and Neanderthals revealed a link between severity of COVID-19 infections and Neanderthal DNA Genetic scientists from the University of California Santa Cruz have learned that just 7%—or less—of our DNA is unique to the human species, with the remainder of our genomes coming from other archaic species, such as Neanderthal and Denisovan. Why should this matter to pathologists and clinical laboratories?...

Neanderthal Genome Sequenced using DNA from 38,000 Year Old Bones

Latest-generation DNA sequencing technology helped scientists achieve this feat This spring, a particularly interesting milestone on the road to genetic medicine was achieved. The genome of Neanderthal man has been sequenced at the 1X level. It is a remarkable accomplishment by scientists from both the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and 454 Life Sciences Inc. , a division of Roche Holdings. The final Neanderthal draft sequence is made up of three...
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