All posts tagged with mutation

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...

Link: Minutes of the mutation rate meeting

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Iain Mathieson shares his notes on a recent meeting of scientists investigating mutation rate estimation in humans: “The human mutation rate meeting”.

Space radiation

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Maggie Koerth-Baker, on “How space radiation hurts astronauts”. I did not know about this part:

Recent evolution of coding variants

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How did I get myself quoted in a story as the skeptic about recent human evolution? (“Human Evolution Enters an Exciting New Phase”). After all, I’ve been a ...

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 ...

Recombination in chimpanzees

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Adam Auton and colleagues Auton:2012 sequenced a panel of chimpanzees to examine recombination in that species, thereby constructing a chimp-specific genetic...

Eye pigmentation and allele frequencies

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Eye pigmentation in humans varies along a spectrum of colors from dark brown, through lighter brown, hazel, and green, to light blue. These differences are c...

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 ...