The general topics that the Genomics of Individuality lab is interested in revolve around the genomics of individuality: What is there in our genomes that makes us the way we are? What does it tell us about our ancestry? How does it affect our susceptibility to diseases? How can this be applied in practical settings (i.e., in forensic genetics)? In particular, its research focuses on populations on both sides of the western Mediterranean, looking at genetic structure, and contacts, and, in particular, populations that are geographically or socially isolated.

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Publications Publications

Meló, M.; Javed, A.; Pybus, M.; Zalloua, P.; Haber, M.; Comas, D.; [8 authors]; Calafell, F.; Bertranpetit, J.; The Genographic Consortium.  2012. Recombination gives a new insight in the effective population size and the history of the Old World human populations. Molecular Biology and Evolution 29 (1): 25-30.

Martínez-González, L.J.; Álvarez, J.; Albardaner, F.; Rickards, O.; Martínez-Labarga, C.; Calafell, F.; Lorente, J.A.  2012. Surname and Y chromosome in Southern Europe: a case study with Colom/Colombo. European Journal of Human Genetics 20: 211-216.

Martínez-Cruz, B.; Ioana, M.; Calafell, F.; [7 authors]; Plantiga, T.; van der Meer, J.W.M.; Comas, D.; Netea, M. The Genographic Consortium [including J. Bertranpetit]. 2012. Y-chromosome analysis in individuals bearing the Basarab name of the first dynasty of Wallachian kings. PLOS ONE 7 (7): e41803.

Javed, A.; Mel, M.; Pybus, M.; Zalloua, P.; Haber, M.; Comas, D.; [7 authors]; Bertranpetit, J.; Calafell, F.; Parida, L. The Genographic Consortium.  2012.Recombination networks as genetic markers: a human variation study of the Old World. Human Genetics 131 (4): 601-613.

Garcia-Garcer, M.; Coscoll, M.; Garcia-Etxebarria, K.; Martín-Caballero, J.; González-Candelas, F.; Latorre, A.; Calafell, F.  (2012). Staphylococcus prevails in the skin microbiota of long-term immunodeficient mice. Environmental Microbiology 14:2087-2098.