This lab’s main line of research at present focuses on the understanding of natural selection and adaptation in humans and primates through the comparative analysis of genomes. Its purpose is to understand complex adaptations through genome-wide analyses of the footprints that natural selection has left in genomes and attempt to place selection in a functional molecular framework of molecular pathways. The Evolutionary Systems Biology Lab is studying differential adaptation among human populations, including several African populations, Roma (as compared to Romanians and Indians) and in Chimpanzees. It has launched a project with the analysis of the haploid sequences of several individuals from all known groups of Southeast Asian pygmies.

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Publications Publications

Dobon, B.; Hassan, H.Y.; Laayouni, H.; Luisi, P.; Ricaño-Ponce, I.; Zhernakova, A.; Wijmenga, C.; Tahir, H.; Comas, D.; Netea, M.G.; Bertranpetit, J. 2015. The genetics of East African populations: a Nilo-Saharan component in the African genetic landscapeScientific Reports. 5.

Dall'Olio, G. M.; Vhadati, A. R.; Bertranpetit, J.; Wagner, A.; Laayouni, H. 2015. VCF2Networks: applying genotype networks to single-nucleotide variants data. Bioinformatics 31(3): 438-439

Yamamoto, F.; Cid, E.; Yamamoto, M.; Saitou, N.; Bertranpetit, J.; and Blancher, A. 2014. An integrative evolution theory of histo-blood group ABO and related genes. Scientific Reports 4:6601.

Solé-Morata, N.; Bertranpetit, J.; Comas, D.; and Calafell, F. 2014. Recent Radiation of R-M269 and High Y-STR Haplotype Resemblance Confirmed. Annals of Human Genetics 78 (4):253-254.

Sabbagh, A., Luisi, P., Castelli, E.C.; Gineau, L.; Courtin, D.; Milet, J.; Massaro, J.D.; Laayouni, H.; Moreau, P.; Donadi, E.A.; Garcia, A. 2014. Worldwide genetic variation at the 3[prime] untranslated region of the HLA-G gene: balancing selection influencing genetic diversity. Genes Immuity 15 (2):95-106