I’ve been reading around about the publication of a paper
on the 1000 Genomes Project and what seems most interesting is that the observed mutation rate in humans would be of 1.1 x 10⁻⁸, much less than usually accepted.
John Hawks seems particularly affected
by the repeated observation of this rate, which he had previously discussed in March
(on another different paper
), up to the point that he seems about to accept the reality of such a slow molecular clock.
Other elements of interest may be the finding of many previously unknown alleles, which, unlike those known earlier are rarer and found often only subpopulations, rather than wildly scattered through the planet.
Also that brain-related gene duplications may be at the root of human intelligence, when compared with other great apes (see Science News).