Institute of Genomics, Univ. of Tartu Uncovers Ancient Signals out of Modern Human Genomes

Apr 6, 2019 | Genomics


A new study in reported in EurekAlert! and published in Molecular Biology and Evolution (MBE) adds to this understanding by reconstructing artificial genomes with the analyses of the genome of 565 contemporary South Asian individuals, extracting ancient signals that recapitulate the long history of human migration and admixture in the region.

“All in all, our results provide a proof-of-principle for the feasibility of retrieving ancient genetic signals from contemporary human subjects, as if they were genomes from the past embedded in amber,” said Luca Pagani, the research coordinator of the study.

The study was led by Burak Yelmen and Mayukh Mondal from the Institute of Genomics of the University of Tartu, Estonia and coordinated by Luca Pagani from the same institution and from the University of Padova, Italy.

Lead Research/Investigator

Burak Yelman