Discovery of the "Mitochrondrial Eve"

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Discovery of the "Mitochrondrial Eve"

Post  wizeguy on Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:41 am

This article, albeit a long one, goes into detail to describe how Rebecca L. Cann and Allan C. Wilson of the University of California, Berkeley reported that humans from different populations all descended from a single female in Africa who lived about 200,000 years ago. Despite the Biblical allusion, this Eve was not the first woman: her lineage, though, is all that has survived.

The genetic network of mankind may have began with only several women, and from that produced 6 billion people. Degrees of separation may now also apply to genetics: How many edges are there between your DNA and your best friend's DNA? The number may be exponentially smaller than you think.


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