Friday, April 20, 2007

Localizing recent adaptive evolution in the human genome   posted by Razib @ 4/20/2007 03:52:00 PM

Just out in PLOS Genetics, Localizing recent adaptive evolution in the human genome. This has been accepted, but not reedited. Here's part of the abstract:
Within these regions, genes of biological interest include genes in pigmentation pathways, components of the dystrophin protein complex, clusters of olfactory receptors, genes involved in nervous system development and function, immune system genes, and heat shock genes. We also observe consistent evidence of selective sweeps in centromeric regions. In general we find that recent adaptation is strikingly pervasive in the human genome, with as much as 10% of the genome affected by linkage to a selective sweep.

If you read the paper you'll note that they claim to be able to detect sweeps near fixation.

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