publication date: Saturday, February 14, 2009 (part of Round XXXVIII)
clue: When most people want to map out their distant relatives, they don't have 3.2 billion pairs to write down.
explanation: Pääbo led a team of geneticists who mapped out most of the 3.2 billion base pairs of DNA in the Neanderthal genome. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, Mike Rothstein, Amy Austin, Tony Peters, Sarah Kyle, Jason Lemler, Vicki Moore, and Peter Wilhelm
player landmarks: This was the last goo solved by Peter Wilhelm.
trivia: The announcement was made a few days before this goo was published.