This is the blog for GW students taking Human Evolutionary Genetics. This site is for posting interesting tidbits on: the patterns and processes of human genetic variation;human origins and migration; molecular adaptations to environment, lifestyle and disease; ancient and forensic DNA analyses; and genealogical reconstructions.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Role of Viruses in Human Evolution
As the sequencing of the human genome developed over time, it allowed for the expansion of scientific inquiry. With regards to hominid evolution, Linda M. Van Blerkom sought out the potential for external factors like viruses to influence phylogenic relationships between species and alter the genome itself.
The original article can be found here.