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Dr. Rebecca L. Cann

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Professor of Cell and Molecular B...

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Local Address: Manoa, Pennsylvania, United States
University of Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
United States

Company Description: The University of Hawaii at Manoa serves approximately 20,000 students pursuing 225 different degrees. Coming from every Hawaiian island, every state in the nation,...   more

Employment History

  • Geneticist
    University of Hawaii
  • Molecular Biologist
    University of Hawaii
  • Evolutionary Biologist
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Evolutionary Biologist and Anthropologist, Professor of Genetics
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Geneticist
    University of California
  • Anthropologist
    University of California
  • Assistant Professor of Genetics
    University of Hawaii at Manoa , Honolulu
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • Genetics Professor
    The UH
  • Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology
    The UH


  • Ph.D
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Ph.D
    Univ of Hawaii at Manoa
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Rebecca Cann of ..., 5 Aug 2013 [cached]
Rebecca Cann of University of Hawaii, who was involved in the 1987 study on mitochondrial Eve, writes in Science that these new analyses are "elegant and careful.
Ontario Humanist Society « Mitochondrial Eve –who changed human evolution forever, 17 Aug 2012 [cached]
It was the work of three scientists who were then working at UC Berkeley: Rebecca Cann, now a professor of cell and molecular biology at the University of Hawaii; Mark Stoneking, currently a member of the Department of Evolutionary Genetics at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology; and Allan Wilson, who sadly died in 1991 at just 56.
(This article is an interview)with Rebecca Cann and Mark Stoneking about their own origins, how they came to work on this landmark paper, and what they feel is the legacy of Mitochondrial Eve 25 years after it entered and forever altered the scientific discourse on the origins of humanity.
AULIS Online – Different Thinking, 21 June 2008 [cached]
"There are regions of the world, like the Middle East and Portugal, where some fossils look as if they could have been some kind of mix between archaic and modern people," said Rebecca Cann, a geneticist at the University of Hawaii.
"The question is," she said, "if there was mixing, did some archaic genetic lineages enter the modern human gene pool?
Cann, in an accompanying article in Nature, said Templeton's attempt to view the data from a global perspective is over-ambitious given problems with genetic studies of small-scale modern populations.
"I want to see [his methodology and analysis] validated in an area of the world where a variety of scientists from different disciplines think they understand how humans spread and when," she said.
Examples of human migration that might help demonstrate the validity of Templeton's analysis and its limitations, she suggested, include the relatively recent expansion to Polynesia, the spread of farmers from Turkey into Northern Europe, and the migration of Vikings to Iceland.
"We need lots of different tools to study human evolution," Cann pointed out.
DNA and Evolution: Where Did We Come From? Where Did We Go? | SoundVision Productions Presents The DNA Files, 30 April 2008 [cached]
PROFESSOR REBECCA CANN: The resounding answer from human genetics is no, Polynesians do not come from South America. They most assuredly come from probably some part of Southeast Asia.
JOHN RIEGER: In the early 1980s Professor Rebecca Cann a molecular biologist at the University of Hawaii began studying a rare genetic mutation, a tiny fragment of DNA that seems to appear in people of Southeast Asian heritage no matter where they live today.
REBECCA CANN: Then when I began working in the Pacific uh we discovered that they were a very high frequency of Tahitians, of Marquesans, of Easter Islanders, of Hawaiians, of Cook Islanders.
In order to figure that out, Cann turned her attention to another bit of DNA known to be hyper variable. This DNA mutates so frequently that each new settlement established during some ancient migration would have its own genetic signature. But to decide which mutations and which settlements came first, Cann would have to look several thousand years into the genetic past.
REBECCA CANN: You try to reconstruct what were the ancestral mutations and which are new ones which have appeared in a certain period of time and are restricted geographically, or ethnically or culturally in some way.
REBECCA CANN: Horticulturists have DNA sequences from the sweet potatoes and they can actually identify that the cultivar is the same germ plasm.
Rebecca Cann.
REBECCA CANN: We say as geneticists this is likely but the people who actually attempt to reconstruct how it's done, they...they are showing us what it might have been to actually experience it historically.
"People tied themselves in knots to ..., 1 Aug 2013 [cached]
"People tied themselves in knots to come up with an explanation," says Rebecca Cann, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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