Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 53, Issue 10, pp 1457–1467

Positive Darwinian selection in human population: A review

Review Genetics

DOI: 10.1007/s11434-008-0202-z

Cite this article as:
Wu, D. & Zhang, Y. Chin. Sci. Bull. (2008) 53: 1457. doi:10.1007/s11434-008-0202-z


This paper reviews a large number of genes under positive Darwinian selection in modern human populations, such as brain development genes, immunity genes, reproductive related genes, perception receptors. The research on the evolutionary property of these genes will provide important insight into human evolution and disease mechanisms. With the increase of population genetics and comparative genomics data, more and more evidences indicate that positive Darwinian selection plays an indispensable role in the origin and evolution of human beings. This paper will also summarize the methods to detect positive selection, analyze the interference factors faced and make suggestions for further research on positive selection.


natural selection positive selection population genetics comparative genomics 

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© Science in China Press and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of ZoologyChinese Academy of SciencesKunmingChina
  2. 2.Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Bio-resourceYunnan UniversityKunmingChina
  3. 3.Graduate University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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