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Human Transcriptome Evolution

  1. Xun Gu,
  2. Yong Huang

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020772



How to Cite

Gu, X. and Huang, Y. 2008. Human Transcriptome Evolution. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008


It has been a long-standing hypothesis that evolution of the human transcriptome (the collection of all gene transcripts in a cell) may have contributed greatly to the observed human-specific phenotypes. With recent advances in high throughput technologies and bioinformatic tools, it becomes possible to get deep understandings of this important issue. Here, we provided a brief but updated summary of the exciting findings in the study of human transcriptome evolution.


  • transcriptome;
  • genomic analysis;
  • human evolution