All posts tagged with recent selection

Milk proteins in Neolithic dental calculus

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A new research paper by Sophy Charlton and coworkers looks at calculus on human teeth from several Neolithic-era sites in England, finding that many of the i...

Link: Selection for tall Dutch men

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Carl Zimmer comments on a new paper that shows that the exceptionally tall average stature of today’s Netherlands population has been augmented by natural se...

Selection and lactase persistence

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I received a letter about lactase persistence that motivated me to a fairly long reply; I thought I would share the question and answer:

My article in Scientific American

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The current issue of Scientific American is specially devoted to human evolution. There are great articles by Kate Wong, Ian Tattersall, Frans de Waal, Berna...

Lactase persistence in review

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Nature this week has a nice news article about the evolution of lactase persistence by Andrew Curry: “Archaeology: The milk revolution”. The article discusse...

Culture-gene coevolution and language

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Simon Fisher and Matt Ridley, in a recent essay in Science, discuss the relationship between the genetic mutations that distinguish humans and other primates...

My review of "Paleofantasy"

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I have a review of Marlene Zuk’s new book, Paleofantasy, in this week’s Nature: “Evolutionary biology: Twisting the tale of human evolution” Hawks:Paleofanta...

Tracing teeth troubles with fossil bacteria

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Ed Yong has a great account today of some research from Alan Cooper’s lab on the oral microbiome in pre-agricultural and post-agricultural Europeans: “Prehis...

Selection is for the dogs

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I was really pleased to see the new paper by Erik Axelsson and colleagues Axelsson:2013 on the pattern of recent selection on domesticated dogs. As we began ...

Quote: Lederberg on Haldane

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J. B. S. Haldane has typically been assigned credit for the first suggestion that human hemoglobinopathies are adaptations to malaria. In 1999, Joshua Lederb...

How I got into anthropology

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I was noodling around online and found a video interview from last year’s Darwin Day event here at UW. Regular readers won’t learn anything new in the first ...

Kaku cockup

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I can’t bear to watch it again, and I don’t see why I should tolerate anyone else having to watch it. But I can’t sit quietly while physicist Michio Kaku tel...

Copy number variation in 1000 Genomes

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When I wrote earlier in the week about the 1000 Genomes Project results, I mentioned that a second paper was being published in Science. That paper, by Peter...

Now for anthropological genomics

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The first of the papers describing results from the 1000 Genomes project has been released today in Nature 1000Genomes:Nature:2010.

Neolithic milk fog

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Razib points today to an article in Der Spiegel about the revival of folk migration as an explanation for the Neolithic in Europe. His post (“Vlkerwanderung ...

Quote: Boyd on New World pigmentation clines

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I’m using some statistics out of William Boyd’s 1956 printing of Genetics and the Races of ManBoyd:1956. It gives a good accounting of blood group data known...

Falciparum malaria came from gorillas

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Malaria in humans is caused by one of five different species of Plasmodium parasites. The deadliest of these is P. falciparum, especially within Africa where...

Polygenic traits and directional selection

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This has been an eventful week for those of us who study the dynamics of recent selection in humans. The most significant event was the publication of a pape...

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 ...

More on Tibet, demography and selection

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My post about the Tibetan high altitude selection story last Friday summarized the research and included some criticism of the demographic model applied in t...

Mailbag: Milk drinking

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I read some older posts on your blog about dispersal of lactase persistance world wide. Is it not so that everyone can digest lactose at birth and that the p...

Smallpox vaccine and HIV

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A new paper claims that HIV infection may be impeded in individuals who had the smallpox vaccine:

Inversion biology

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Razib Khan’s post at his new digs (Discover blogs) about the 17q21 inversion is worth reading for anyone interested in the complexities of discovering the hi...

Pigment controller OCA2

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Razib: “OCA2 makes East Asians white and Europeans blue.”He discusses a study out of Esteban Parra’s lab in PLoS Genetics (open access), which characterizes ...

Mailbag: Hidden lactase persistence alleles?

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I just noticed this new article that I thought you might be interested in, suggesting that lactase persistence known genetics can't currently wholly explain ...

You are what your ancestors ate, part 1

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Ann Gibbons has a long news article in the current Science reporting on an interdisciplinary conference on recent human diet evolution (“What’s for Dinner? R...

Humans still evolving…

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Time has a story about Stephen Stearns and colleagues’ work characterizing ongoing selection using the Framingham Heart Study sample:

Neolithic migrationism

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Dienekes has a nice post about the relation of Neolithic Europeans, migration models, and how anthropological views of migration have changed over the last c...

Mailbag: Blue eyes and sexual selection

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"Nobody 10,000 years ago had blue eyes," Hawks said. "Why is it that blue-eyed people had a 5% advantage in reproducing compared to non-blue-eyed people? I h...

Lactase persistence on the march

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Everybody’s noticing the new article in PLoS Computational Biology about lactase persistence, which I’ve been emailed from several readers. Thanks for sendin...

Mailbag: Statistics and future evolution

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I was trying to find out more about recent research predicting a relative convergence of racial features in future generations (but I don't know anything abo...

Colin Renfrew on recent human evolution

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Colin Renfrew is an archaeologist, in recent years well-known for his work on Neolithic Europeans and Indo-European origins. Last week, someone pointed me to...

Overstating the obvious

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I’m reading this interesting paper by Joseph Pickrell and colleagues, titled, “Signals of recent positive selection in a worldwide sample of human population...

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...

When genetic drift reduces entropy

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This is the third in a series on information theory and tests for recent selection. The first post, “Information theory: a short ...

The 10,000 Year Explosion

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I want to point people interested in recent human evolution to a new book, The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution.

Biology and culture in recent selection

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This isn’t a long essay; just a pointer to a Nature feature by Erika Check Hayden where I make an appearance to represent the anthropological viewpoint on re...

Mailbag: Chance and recent selection

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Our work on recent selection was featured in Discover magazine this month. I’ll link to that later. In the meantime, I’ve been getting some thoughtful letter...

Upcoming appearances

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I will be giving two public lectures out of town later this week.

A linkage quilt

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Sometimes scientific visualization leads to very interesting pictures:

Ashley Montagu on recent evolution

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Ashley Montagu was a British anthropologist, born under the name Israel Ehrenberg. He moved to the United States for work at Columbia for his Ph.D work, afte...

Early iron in Africa

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The dawn of ironworking in Africa is a hot anthropological topic. My own interests in demographic growth and dispersals depends very closely on the chronolog...

Surfing and recent selection

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Genetic Future and Gene Expression have commented today on the relative roles of selection and demography in shaping the genetic differences between populati...

Recent evolution in Newsweek

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I very much appreciate that Newsweek has started including a regular opinion column on science, written by Sharon Begley. I don’t always like it, but it plac...

That which must not be named

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Constance Holden was at an October NIH workshop, titled, “Workshop on Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Natural Selection Research.”

An MAPT review

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Elizabeth Pennisi writes this week a news focus in Science about the genome region labeled 17q21.31. I’m probably one of the few people who would recognize t...

David Goldstein profile

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Nicholas Wade profiles Duke University geneticist David Goldstein in the current NY Times. This article covers several different topics that are worth commen...