All posts tagged with mutation rate

Is Dryopithecus an ancient gorilla?

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I pass along with little comment this New Scientist article in which David Begun is claiming that the fossil ape Dryopithecus may actually be an extinct memb...

A longer timescale for human evolution

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During the last few years, the best estimates of the human single nucleotide mutation rate have been cut in half. Until recently, estimates of mutation rate ...

More on the mutation rate

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I’ve received several questions over the last few weeks about human genome-wide mutation rates. Some people are noticing heterogeneity in mutation rate estim...

Mailbag: Mutations and perfect people

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A friend of mine and I were discussing evolution, my friend is a Christian and told me that the human mutation rate is 1 in ten billion cell duplications, an...

What is the human mutation rate?

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Last spring I wrote about a study that used whole-genome comparisons between parents and offspring to estimate the rate of per-genome mutation in humans (“A ...

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...