Eugene Harris is in the Department of Biological Sciences and Geology at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York, and a Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. His research focuses on human and nonhuman primate evolutionary genetics.
Searching the genome for our adaptations
Article first published online: 18 JUN 2008
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Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews
Volume 17, Issue 3, pages 146–157, May/June 2008
How to Cite
Harris, E. E. (2008), Searching the genome for our adaptations. Evol. Anthropol., 17: 146–157. doi: 10.1002/evan.20174
- Issue published online: 18 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 18 JUN 2008
- positive selection;
- human evolution;
- natural selection;
- population adaptations;
- human adaptations
The current genomic revolution represents a turning point in our understanding of human evolution. For the first time, we are able to begin to investigate human evolutionary adaptations by comparing our entire genome with the genomes of other animal species with which we are related by descent. We are also able to begin fully investigating the genetic differences within and among human populations to understand exactly how human populations have evolved and adapted over time.