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Shedding Light on Human Genetic Diversity

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Shedding Light on Human Genetic Diversity

The 18th of February 2010 was an exciting day for the scientists who worked together on the Southern African Genome Sequencing Project as the paper detailing the study and its results was published in the journal Nature. This project involved the complete sequencing of the genome of a Namibian bushman and representing the Nguni and Tswane people, the genome of Archbishop Desmond Tutu was also sequenced. In conjunction with this publication a conference was held in Windhoek, Namibia where all the key players like Prof. Stephen Schuster (co-leader, Penn State University, USA) and Dr Vanessa Hayes (co-leader, University of New South Wales, Australia). Southern African Bushmen represent the oldest known lineages in the world and therefore the results of this study provide valuable information regarding human genetic diversity.

Click here to view the press release from Nature (15 February 2010).

Left: Dr Vanessa Hayes (co-leader); Middle: Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Right: Prof. Stephen Schuster (co-leader)

Audience at conference

Some of the Namibian people who attended the conference

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Shedding Light on Human Genetic Diversity

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