All posts tagged with bottlenecks

Orangutan dynamics of Borneo

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Bornean and Sumatran orangutans are the most highly divergent subspecies within any of the living species of great apes. The two farther apart even than chim...

Battlestar mitochondria

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Wired has an interview with the authors of a book titled, The Science of Battlestar Galactica. I wasn’t a viewer of the show, so I wasn’t aware that the mito...

New data on Ashkenazi population history

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Bray and colleagues Bray:Ashkenazi:2010 report on genotyping of 471 people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. This is one of the largest samples of a single human ...

Double the bottlenecks

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Amos and Hoffman (2009) describe a study of microsatellite (STR) data taken from 53 populations – the HGDP dataset. They suggest that the worldwide diversity...

More on the X variation conundrum

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Last winter I noted the contradiction between two papers that each attempted to explain variation on the X chromosome compared to the autosomes. They had com...

Plumbing for bottlenecks

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My series on mutual information and tests of selection (which began with "Information theory: a short introduction") is at a branching point. One of the crit...

Acceleration's discontents

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The June Scientific American (no link available) has an article on page 32 about the “therapeutic value of blogging.” That’s some relief, after the stories a...

Two recent bottleneck studies

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Note: I wrote this post in 2005. We know much more today about the population history of modern humans. This includes the bottleneck that led to the founding...