Wow… How much history is buried in our genomes?

English: The human genome, categorized by func...
English: The human genome, categorized by function of each gene product, given both as number of genes and as percentage of all genes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a stunning technical feat, an international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of an archaic Siberian girl 31 times over, using a new method that amplifies single strands of DNA. The sequencing is so complete that researchers have as sharp a picture of this ancient genome as they would of a living person’s, revealing, for example that the girl had brown eyes, hair, and skin. “No one thought we would have an archaic human genome of such quality,” says Matthias Meyer, a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. “Everyone was shocked by the counts. That includes me.”

via Genome Brings Ancient Girl to Life | Wired Science |

So, they’ve uncovered 50,000 years worth of human development (adaptation, maybe some evolution) from a genome.

When science develops more, could we de-evolve humanity to see what we looked like hundreds of thousands years before we became what we are today?

By the way, the human genome project was led by a devout Christian scientist (Francis Collins) who accepts evolution as a valid explanation of human origins and holds a serious view of Scripture… the way it should be.

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