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Evolution, domestication, humans, and sex

Life Sciences Café with Greger Larson

Before we had easy access to nuclear genomes, inferring the frequency and ramifications of admixture between populations and species was easily guessed at, but rarely understood. The next generation sequencing revolution has led to a proliferation of datasets that can now addresses issues related to gene flow and selection directly. Here, I will consider population divergence and reticulation and shifts in selection pressure using ancient DNA to show how these new insights have altered our perception of the process of domestication. In addition, I will present a model for predicting the fertility of interspecies hybrids and demonstrate that human admixture with neanderthals and other hominids should have been expected.

Greger Larson

Contact: 
Heather Bean
Tuesday Jan. 17 | 4 - 5 p.m.
Room: 
LSE 244
Location: 
School of Life Sciences - E wing
Campus: 
Tempe
Price: 
Free