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Nat Rev Genet. 2013 Oct;14(10):692-702. doi: 10.1038/nrg3604.

Recent human adaptation: genomic approaches, interpretation and insights.

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1] Department of Genetics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA. [2] Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Camden, New Jersey 08103, USA.

Abstract

The recent availability of genomic data has spurred many genome-wide studies of human adaptation in different populations worldwide. Such studies have provided insights into novel candidate genes and pathways that are putatively involved in adaptation to different environments, diets and disease prevalence. However, much work is needed to translate these results into candidate adaptive variants that are biologically interpretable. In this Review, we discuss methods that may help to identify true biological signals of selection and studies that incorporate complementary phenotypic and functional data. We conclude with recommendations for future studies that focus on opportunities to use integrative genomics methodologies in human adaptation studies.

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24052086
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PMC4882605
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10.1038/nrg3604
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