The Iranian Genome Project

Yesterday, my father emailed me a link to the Iranian Genome Project that caught my eye. Ironically, Razib over at Gene Expression also highlighted this project in a recent post. Much like the intentions Harappa & Dodecad ancestry projects, of which I've participated in by submitting my 23andme data, the Iranian Genome Project aims to enlighten Iranian heritage and health.... Continue Reading →

Are Rapidly Evolving Human Promoter Regions Due To Higher Rates Of Neutral Substitution Or Positive Selection?

Nature Genetics just published a brief correspondence on the evolution of promoter regions in the human genome. The basis of this study relies on the observation that 46% of promoter regions in the human genome have a higher number of nucleotide substitutions than corresponding introns. The authors don't make the distinction that positive selection, relaxed... Continue Reading →

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