Friday, February 19, 2010

The Arch Helix

An interesting paper was published in Nature this week presenting the first complete genome sequences of Khoisan and Bantu individuals. The four Khoisan individuals are !Gubi, G/aq’o, D#kgao and !Aı (the unusual spellings are due to the click sounds found in the Khoisan languages); the Bantu individual was one Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, or The Arch as he's affectionately called in South Africa. Incidentally, his middle name Mpilo means "life" in Sesotho. Appropriate, wouldn't you say? This has got to be the most unusual cover story ever involving The Arch.


Complete Khoisan and Bantu genomes from southern Africa, Nature, 463, 943-947 (18 February 2010)

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