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Ancient DNA reveals children with Down syndrome in past societies. What can their burials tell us about their lives?

By Adam "Ben" Rohrlach, Mathematics Lecturer and Ancient DNA Researcher, University of Adelaide
Kay Prüfer, Group leader, Department of Archaeogenetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
After sifting through DNA from almost 10,000 people from ancient and pre-modern societies, we have discovered six cases of Down syndrome in past human populations.The Conversation

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