Thursday, December 22, 2005

Not Hunter-Gatherers After All

Humans are, in fact, a domesticated breed.
"This analysis suggested that around 1800 genes, or roughly 7% of the total in the human genome, have changed under the influence of natural selection within the past 50,000 years. A second analysis using a second SNP database gave similar results. That is roughly the same proportion of genes that were altered in maize when humans domesticated it from its wild ancestors."

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