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Neanderthal genome yields insights into human evolution

Ed Green
Ed Green holds replicas of Neanderthal bones and a Neanderthal skull. (Photo by Jim MacKenzie)

After extracting ancient DNA from the 40,000-year-old bones of Neanderthals, scientists have obtained a draft sequence of the Neanderthal genome and found evidence that Neanderthals interbred with early modern humans.

"We can now say that, in all probability, there was gene flow from Neanderthals to modern humans," said the paper's first author, Richard E. (Ed) Green of UC Santa Cruz. [More]

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Evals become elective: The Academic Senate voted overwhelmingly to modify the campus's narrative evaluation policy to make it instructor optional. [More]

DARC building

DARC energy: UCSC celebrated the arts with the grand opening of its new Digital Arts Research Center last month. View video of the event. [More]

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Iron clad: Alumnus Ryan Haupt (Cowell, environmental geology '09; ecology and evolutionary biology '08) dissects the real-world scientific theory behind Iron Man's armor on Marvel News. [More]

Top honors: Earth and planetary scientist Gary Glatzmaier was elected to National Academy of Sciences; four UCSC professors were elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and more. [More]

Graduation resource center: Information and a schedule of 2010 commencement activities. [More]

UCSC In the news

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Major find, big news: Scientists' discovery of an ancient relative of humanity was covered by Yahoo, the San Francisco Chronicle, 60 Minutes, and other media outlets. UCSC lecturer Daniel Farber was involved in the research. [More]

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Day by the Bay: View photos from Reunion Weekend's Day by the Bay on April 17. The event included a community fair, picnic, reunions, performances, and more. [More]

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