January 03, 2006

Looking forward to in 2006

I have already posted some of the highlights of the past year. Here are some of the things that I am looking forward to this year, partly inspired by John Hawks' oracles:
  • The first study on ancient Mycenaean and Minoan mtDNA.
  • A study on haplogroup E-M78 subdivisions.
  • A study on Minoan civilization origins.
  • Successful extraction of autosomal DNA from prehistoric humans.
  • Correlation of recently selected genes with IQ and/or personality.
  • Even more debate between demists and acculturationists regarding the spread of the Neolithic.
  • Even more debate between assimilationists and non-assimilationists about the Neandertals.
  • At least one paper from the Genographic project in a venue other than National Geographic about some obscure people that no one has heard about but everyone will talk about for days. The paper will have a feel-good message about the unity of mankind.
  • The French will continue to remain a genetic mystery, but there will be at least three more studies on Jewish population genetics.

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