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Natural Selection, Genetic Variation, and Human Diversity

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Patterns of human genetic diversity observed in present-day individuals provide insight into our species evolutionary history and regions of the genome that have been influenced by natural selection. In this chapter, we discuss methods and models that have been used to better understand how selection has impacted human variation and review studies of natural selection in humans and the stories they reveal about human history.

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  • Natural selection
  • Positive selection
  • Adaptive evolution
  • Genetic variation
  • Evolution

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Emery, L.S., Akey, J.M. (2021). Natural Selection, Genetic Variation, and Human Diversity. In: Lohmueller, K.E., Nielsen, R. (eds) Human Population Genomics. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-61646-5_9

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