Rapidly Evolving Regions of the Human Genome


Rapidly evolving genes are those genes that exhibit accelerated rates of nonsynonymous substitutions between species, i.e. the number of nonsynonymous substitutions per nonsynonymous site (amino acid altering) significantly exceeds the number of synonymous substitutions per synonymous site.

Keywords: rapid evolution; positive selection; synonymous substitution; reproductive proteins; nervous system and human accelerated region

Figure 1.

The type of methods used to detect the signatures of rapid evolution, functional categories of genes bearing evidence of action and the advantages of mapping rapid evolution.



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Agarwal, Subhash Mohan(Jul 2008) Rapidly Evolving Regions of the Human Genome. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020802]