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Dr. Rebecca L. Cann

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Employment History


  • Ph.D
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Ph.D
    Univ of Hawaii at Manoa
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New Scientist [cached]
"Any time you can place a species in its ecological web, we all win," notes geneticist Rebecca Cann at the University of Hawaii.
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.
Rebecca Cann, Assistant ... [cached]
Rebecca Cann, Assistant Professor of Genetics at the University of Hawaii, coauthored a study in 1987 in the journal Nature suggesting that all modern humans are descended from a single mother who lived in Africa about 200,000 BC. The connection, she said, was through the mitochondrial DNA, which passes down through the female.
Defend Science, 17 Dec 2006 [cached]
--Rebecca Cann, evolutionary biologist and anthropologist, Professor of Genetics, Univ of Hawaii at Manoa
Humankind is approaching an unprecedented time in its relatively brief history.
And yet, while we as a ..., 1 June 2014 [cached]
And yet, while we as a population look so different, with sizes, shapes, colors and cultures, according to scientist Rebecca Cann, we all come from one woman who lived in Africa who she dubbed the "Mitochondrial Eve.
Cann and her colleagues published the results of the study in Nature magazine in 1987 when she was working at the University of California at Berkeley. Cann collected samples of DNA from many different populations, including Europeans, Native Americans and New Guineans, with the aim of discovering our human origins.
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