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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVI, No. 11
  May 23, 2014
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‘Humans, Neanderthals Kissing Cousins?’
Archaic Genomics Adds Detail to History of Humanity

Dr. Svante Pääbo
Dr. Svante Pääbo
Once upon a time, a Swedish scientist named Dr. Svante Pääbo was fascinated with the history of ancient peoples. Besides becoming an esteemed paleontologist, Pääbo also grew into something of a scientific storyteller, recounting a 500,000-year-old narrative over the course of a three-decades-long career in genomics. He continues to tap archaic DNA to add rich detail to the story.

Now director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and a founder of paleogenetics, Pääbo is “truly an authority on the study of ancient DNA,” said NHGRI director Dr. Eric Green. NHGRI hosted Pääbo’s recent lecture at NIH, “The Neanderthal and Denisovan Genomes.”

Who Were the Earliest People?

Pääbo divided his talk into three parts: technical aspects of retrieving ancient DNA and sequencing ancient genomes; what we’ve learned from studying the genes of our closest extinct relatives; and “where we go from here—how we can use these genomes to try to get to functional differences between us and other organisms.”


Science Is Cool!
Take Your Child to Work, Earth Day Add Fun to Science

Alanna Espiritu enjoys robotic surgery lab.
Alanna Espiritu enjoys robotic surgery lab.
It’s quite possible NIH has the coolest Take Your Child to Work Day anywhere. There are so many fascinating and interactive activities that the adults learn and have as much fun as the kids.

Some youngsters explored the wonders of the brain. Others learned about vision, hearing, bones and teeth. Some looked at bugs, genes or stem cells under a microscope. Some kids even maneuvered a surgical robot arm, learning about the role of technology in health care.

The 19th Take Your Child to Work Day (TYCWD) on Apr. 24 featured dozens of activities that left kids intrigued, inspired and enlightened by the work their moms, dads and guardians do at NIH. Meanwhile, outside, on Bldg. 1’s lawn under a bright blue sky, an Earth Day celebration was in full swing.