DNA Markers and Human Evolution


Genetic markers reveal nucleotide sequence diversity at different locations and frequencies within the human genome. Since not all loci respond to the same evolutionary forces, one goal of DNA marker use is to understand how information from disparate genomic fragments can generate a realistic understanding of human population changes in space and time.

Keywords: rare alleles; multi‐locus typing; uniparental markers; phylogeny; gene trees


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Cann, Rebecca L(Jul 2006) DNA Markers and Human Evolution. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005078]