New paper: Of archaic admixture in Africa, cherries, and serendipity

We have a new paper -two years in the making - where we showed evidence for introgression from an African archaic hominin to the ancestors of modern humans. This is a relatively big and, I have to admit, a serendipitous finding, corroborating the emerging notion that an "interbreeding bonanza" has shaped our ancestors. I do … Continue reading New paper: Of archaic admixture in Africa, cherries, and serendipity

New paper: Evolutionary history of a common psoriasis associated deletion

Following up our earlier insights into "ancient" human deletion polymorphisms that are shared with Neanderthals or Denisovans, we published a paper in BMC Evolutionary Biology, describing a small, but neat example of likely balancing selection acting on a large, common and psoriasis-associated deletion in humans. The haplotype that harbors this deletion show unusually high variation and an … Continue reading New paper: Evolutionary history of a common psoriasis associated deletion

Lasker award for our paper in Human Biology

Congratulations to Eaaswar. His paper, "Geographic Distribution And Adaptive Significance Of Genomic Structural Variants: An Anthropological Genetics Perspective" was chosen for the Annual Gabriel W. Lasker Award for the best original scientific article published in the journal, Human Biology. From the editors' words: "The award was created to recognize Professor Lasker's more than 40 years of service … Continue reading Lasker award for our paper in Human Biology

New paper: Involves pigs, olfactory receptors and lots of genetic variation

Hoover lab led a study that we contributed that is just published in the Journal Chemical Senses. Allelic variation at 4 loci in the human olfactory receptor gene OR7D4 is associated with perceptual variation in the sex steroid-derived odorants, androstenone, and androstadienone. Androstadienone has been linked with chemosensory identification whereas androstenone makes pork from uncastrated … Continue reading New paper: Involves pigs, olfactory receptors and lots of genetic variation

New paper on structural variants and their anthropological relevance

Congratulations to Eaaswar. His paper, "Geographic Distribution And Adaptive Significance Of Genomic Structural Variants: An Anthropological Genetics Perspective" is out as preprint. It is a general review and a example data analysis of existing structural variation datasets within an anthropological context. It also made the cover. 🙂 - We hope that it would be helpful to … Continue reading New paper on structural variants and their anthropological relevance

First paper from our lab – Ancient deletions strike again and mysterious ways of adaptive forces

We have our first paper from the Buffalo laboratory published at Molecular Biology and Evolution (link here, it is Open Access). The paper describes polymorphic human deletions that are shared with Neandertals or Denisovans. Most of these deletions are not introgressed from ancient hominins, but rather have been lingering around since before Human/Neandertal/Denisovan ancestor. As expected majority … Continue reading First paper from our lab – Ancient deletions strike again and mysterious ways of adaptive forces

Our group is now affiliated with Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology

We are now officially affiliated with Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology, which involve multidisciplinary research and many outstanding colleagues. This is a pretty nice framework for students that want to undertake anthropological fieldwork and archaeogenetics research. Also, very interesting and high-profile international seminar series is a plus.