Publication - New approach tracks evolution's footprints in the genome

While fossils can provide interesting clues to human history, they can not reveal which pieces of human DNA have been favored by evolution because they present beneficial traits. This information can only be revealed through genetic studies of modern humans and related species.

In a paper that appeared in January 2010, Dr. Pardis Sabeti and Sharon Grossman described describe a method they have developed to pinpoint preferred regions within the human genome, offering the possibility of further understanding both our genetic past and present. To read the Broad Institute's press release on this paper visit the Broad website.

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