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Very excited to share our latest preprint on the AMY1 gene duplications! AbstractStarch digestion is a cornerstone of human nutrition. The amylase enzyme, which digests starch, plays a key role in starch metabolism. Indeed, the

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Abstract With the recent availability of tissue-specific gene expression data, e.g., provided by the GTEx Consortium, there is interest in comparing gene co-expression patterns across tissues. One promising approach to this problem is to use

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Abstract An increasing body of archaeological and genomic evidence has hinted at a complex settlement process of the Americas by humans. This is especially true for South America, where unexpected ancestral signals have raised perplexing

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Abstract Objectives Since 2010, genome-wide data from hundreds of ancient Native Americans have contributed to the understanding of Americas’ prehistory. However, these samples have never been studied as a single dataset, and distinct relationships among

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Abstract Chemosensation (olfaction, taste) is essential for detecting and assessing foods, such that dietary shifts elicit evolutionary changes in vertebrate chemosensory genes. The transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture dramatically altered how humans acquire

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Abstract Unlike PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) in other species that mostly target transposable elements (TEs), >80% of piRNAs in adult mammalian testes lack obvious targets. However, mammalian piRNA sequences and piRNA-producing loci evolve more rapidly than

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Abstract How novel gene functions evolve is a fundamental question in biology. Mucin proteins, a functionally but not evolutionarily defined group of proteins, allow the study of convergent evolution of gene function. By analyzing the

Abstract Structural variants have a considerable impact on human genomic diversity. However, their evolutionary history remains mostly unexplored. Here, we developed a new method to identify potentially adaptive structural variants based on a similarity-based analysis

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Highlights Summary Salivary proteins are essential for maintaining health in the oral cavity and proximal digestive tract, and they serve as potential diagnostic markers for monitoring human health and disease. However, their precise organ origins

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Abstract Although analysis of modern and ancient genomes showed that Neanderthals contributed genetic material to the ancestors of extant human populations, when and where Neanderthals interacted with modern human populations remain exciting… The time, extent,

Abstract Genomic structural variants (SVs) are distributed nonrandomly across the human genome. The “hotspots” of SVs have been implicated in evolutionary innovations, as well as medical conditions. However, the evolutionary and biomedical features of these

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