400,000 Year Old Hominid Genome Sequenced

 

Another hominin genome, another spanner in the works for hominid evolutionary scholars.

Thanks to the continuing rapid development and improvement of sequencing technologies a team of researchers have been able to sequence the mitochondrial genome from the femur of a 400,000 year old hominid in a cave in Spain called Sima de los Huesos, eerily translated to Pit of Bones. The site is well known for it’s ancient archeological finds.

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Sciencism 2013/06/25

This week in Sciencism; Bacteria DNA in the Human Genome. Mole Rats anti Cancer Goop. Parkinsons Disease Treatment. First Four Quark Particle Discovered.

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Sciencism 2013/06/10

This week in Sciencism; Oldest Primate Fossil, Roman Concrete, Primitive Supermassive Blackholes, Organic Life From Comets, The Moon’s Weird Gravity.

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Sciencism 2013/04/21

This week in Sciencism, new Earth-like planets discovered, new surgical patch inspired by a parasitic worm, when do babies become conscious, first artificial kidney transplant in rats, fruit flies sleep like humans and how might we tell if we are living in a computer simulation?

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Sciencism 2013/03/31

In this weeks episode of Sciencism;

Science News – What came first, the head or the brain? New SNPs found for cancer, the moon and asteroids share history, sweet potato baby formular and a microbe with 7 sexes.

Science Quiz – Which physical phenomena explains the emission of electrons from matter when they absorb light energy? And who won the nobel prize for the discovery of the law describing this?

Science Issues – Human genome 99% patented and retraction of the HeLa cells genome.

Science or Fiction – Scientists engineer bacteria to use caffeine as energy source, Study find that fungi sequester more arbon than plant matter in boreal forests, Fire activity in the amazon can be predicted using satelite images to detect the colour of leaves.

Last week in the past – Eiffel Tower opens, first successful tornado forecast, Mariner 10 observes Mercury, First Sea Plane Flight.

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Sciencism 2013/03/18

This week on Sciencism host Ross Balch is joined by, Andrew Stephenson, Dan Abrahmsen and Natalie McKirdy to discuss; the most recent mars rover findings, early 4 winged birds, obese mothers and the risk of disease in the foetus, the “confirmation” of the Higgs, earthquakes precipitate gold, development of the wallaby, HeLa cells have their genome sequenced, is the kilogram loosing weight. And we critically analyse if a meteorite carried life to the planet earth. Dan tells us about last week in the past.

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