Towards a Neanderthal genome

There we were, discussing the MCPH1 gene and saying “it would be great if there were more available Neanderthal DNA sequence”, when as if by magic…

In Nature today: Analysis of one million base pairs of Neanderthal DNA. Science tomorrow will feature “Sequencing and Analysis of Neanderthal Genomic DNA” – you can view a preliminary PDF or read the news article. Comment and analysis over at evolgen and John Hawks.

No sign of this sequence in the NCBI databases yet, but I assume it will be made available soon. Credit to the Nature authors for providing a bunch of supplementary data in plain text format – and even some streaming video.