Posted: Sep 21, 2012 2:24 pm
by DavidMcC

Africa yields two full human genomes

To date, none of the large human genome projects has focused on minority populations. "We've been pushing for many years for the importance of studying diverse African populations," says Sarah Tishkoff, a genetic anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. "It's very exciting to see this has now been done."
Meanwhile, Tishkoff notes that the falling price and accelerating pace of sequencing mean that other African genomes are likely to be sequenced in the future. "We don't want to see any population being left out of this genomics revolution," she says.

So, eventually, we'll know more about why the Himba have an unusual colour vocabulary.