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The role of natural selection in human evolution – insights from Latin America

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Title
The role of natural selection in human evolution – insights from Latin America
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Genetics and Molecular Biology, August 2016
DOI 10.1590/1678-4685-gmb-2016-0020
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Francisco M. Salzano

Abstract

A brief introduction considering Darwin's work, the evolutionary synthesis, and the scientific biological field around the 1970s and subsequently, with the molecular revolution, was followed by selected examples of recent investigations dealing with the selection-drift controversy. The studies surveyed included the comparison between essential genes in humans and mice, selection in Africa and Europe, and the possible reasons why females in humans remain healthy and productive after menopause, in contrast with what happens in the great apes. At the end, selected examples of investigations performed in Latin America, related to the action of selection for muscle performance, acetylation of xenobiotics, high altitude and tropical forest adaptations were considered. Despite dissenting views, the influence of positive selection in a considerable portion of the human genome cannot presently be dismissed.

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Unknown 17 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 4 24%
Researcher 2 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 6%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 6%
Student > Master 1 6%
Other 2 12%
Unknown 6 35%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 12%
Sports and Recreations 1 6%
Environmental Science 1 6%
Psychology 1 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 6%
Other 4 24%
Unknown 7 41%