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Darwinian Detectives: Revealing the Natural History of Genes and Genomes

Norman A. Johnson

Abstract

Some six million years ago, two branches of the evolutionary tree diverged: one that led to chimpanzees and bonobos, and one that led to us. Extraordinary advances in our ability to obtain and process DNA sequence information permits scientists to address fundamental questions about the evolutionary histories of varied species, including our own. Ascertaining the sequence of the genome — the complete complement of DNA information — from both humans and chimpanzees allows scientists to address such questions as: which genes were subjected to natural selection along our evolutionary branch? Are ... More

Keywords: chimpanzees, DNA, domestication, evolution, genes, genome, humans, natural history, natural selection, population genetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306750
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306750.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norman A. Johnson, author
University of Massachusetts, Amherst