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Great ape genetic diversity and population history

Humans and chimpanzees share about 95% of their DNA. Having this in mind the recently published paper of Prado-Martinez et al. 2013, focusing at identifying great-ape genetic variation and resolving great-ape population history (based on historical-effective population sizes) reflects a … Continue reading

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Evolutionary History and Adaptation from High-Coverage Whole-Genome Sequences of Diverse African Hunter-Gatherers

“ Hunting and gathering was humanity’s first and most successful adaptation, occupying at least 90 percent of human history. Until 12,000 years ago, all humans lived this way. ” [The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Hunters and Gatherers. Richard B. Lee and … Continue reading

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Hard selective sweeps do not seem to be the rule in human evolution.

by Ricardo Kanitz, based on the paper by Hernandez et al. published in Science (2011). One of the main topics in evolution is – as it has always been – human evolution. Many new methods are applied first to humans; … Continue reading

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Classic Selective Sweeps Were Rare in Recent Human Evolution

With the rise of genomics and the availability of whole genome sequences, geneticists hope to be able to understand the recent adaptations humans underwent. Classic selective sweeps, where a beneficial allele arises in a population and subsequently goes to fixation, … Continue reading

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