UCL Division of Biosciences


Can't stomach milk

27th February 2007

The first direct evidence that early Europeans were unable to digest milk has been found by scientists at UCL (University College London) and Mainz University. In a study, published in the journal 'PNAS', the team shows that the gene that controls our ability to digest milk was missing from Neolithic skeletons dating to between 5840 and 5000 BC.

Official press release from UCL's press office

Newspaper coverage from the international press

'Absence of the lactase-persistence-associated allele in early Neolithic Europeans'  published in the journal 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences'