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Mutations: Unlocking Humanity's History

This past month, scientists from Cornell University published a paper in the journal GENETICS that detailed a new tool for identifying groundbreaking events in the history of humanity's evolution. This tool also serves to hone in on the origins of mutations, or permanent changes, in genes, the working subunits of DNA. By determining the source of genetic mutations, scientists can come closer to understanding and treating the origins of numerous diseases.