Comparing Copy Number Variations Between Humans & Chimpanzees

The role of copy number variations (CNVs) has been explained before. In 2006 I discussed the identification of 355 CNVs in the chimpanzee genome, later in 2007 a study fished out human lineage-specific CNVs by comparing them to ones found in chimpanzees, and lastly, this year, another study suggested that CNVs may account for much... Continue Reading →

Axel Visel’s talk on “The regulatory genome in human-specific evolution”

Today I attended Axel Visel's talk about his work in identifying enhancers specific to humans at the Primate Biology Group. It was a really awesome talk, and that's because I'm really interested in differential gene regulation and expression.... especially when it focuses on human evolution. The differences in gene expression and regulation has been one... Continue Reading →

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