“Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, or the history of the human genome: Cro-Magnons, Neanderthals and Denisovans
Tens of thousands of years ago, Eurasia was populated by our distant ancestors, Cro-Magnons who came out of Africa 70 thousand years ago, Neanderthals, and Denisovans. All the three groups mingled, started families and, of course, had children.
Scientists puzzled out “les liaisons dangereuses” in the contemporary and ancient human genomes. Professor Mikhail Gelfand will share his version of the famous novel to help us figure out dangerous liaisons between our ancient relatives and find answers to some intriguing questions: What species did Homo sapiens evolve from? What happened to them in the course of biological evolution? How are they related to us humans living in the 21st century?
Professor Mikhail Gelfand is Doctor of Biology, Member of the Academia Europaea, Skoltech Vice President for Biomedical Research and Head of Laboratory at the Kharkevich Institute for Information Transmission Problems of RAS.