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2012-12-14 12:19:49

Insights from Characterizing Extinct Human Gut Microbiomes A University of Oklahoma-led study has demonstrated that ancient DNA can be used to understand ancient human microbiomes.  The microbiomes from ancient people have broad reaching implications for understanding recent changes to human health, such as what good bacteria might have been lost as a result of our current abundant use of antibiotics and aseptic practices. Cecil M. Lewis Jr., professor of anthropology in the OU...

2009-06-04 12:18:35

Researchers at the University of Leeds have devised a more accurate method of dating ancient human migration "“ even when no corroborating archaeological evidence exists.Estimating the chronology of population migrations throughout mankind's early history has always been problematic. The most widely used genetic method works back to find the last common ancestor of any particular set of lineages using samples of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), but this method has recently been shown to be...

2004-11-25 03:00:20

The Y-chromosome is vital in the study of human evolution, writes Laoise Moore , winner of this year's 'Irish Times'/RIA biochemistry writing competition Our DNA connects us with the past. We inherit DNA, our genetic material, from our parents, who inherited it from their parents, and they from their parents and so on back to the origins of life. Our DNA is organised into 23 pairs of chromosomes, half from each parent. DNA occurs as a code of four letters: A, T, G and C. Variations in this...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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