As its name reveals, the interests of this lab’s research are focused on the analysis of the human genome diversity with the aim of inferring the genomic and population processes that are responsible for this diversity, and outlining the population and epidemiological consequences of the human genetic variability. Its main research lines are, therefore, not only connected with human genome diversity, but also with population genetics, genome variation and disease susceptibility, and genome evolution and disease.

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Publications Publications

Lazaridis, I.; Patterson, N.; Mittnik, A.; [106 authors]; Comas, D.; [8 authors].; Kelso, J.; Reich, D.; Krause, J. 2014. Ancient human genomes suggest three ancestral populations for present-day Europeans. Nature. 513 (7518):409-413

Engelken, J.; Carnero-Montoro, E.; Pybus, M.; Andrews, G.K.; Lalueza-Fox, C.; Comas, D.; Sekler, I.; de la Rasilla, M.; Rosas, A.; Stoneking, M.; Valverde, M.A.; Vicente, R.; and Bosch, E. 2014. Extreme Population Differences in the Human Zinc Transporter ZIP4 (SLC39A4) Are Explained by Positive Selection in Sub-Saharan Africa. PLoS Genet. 10 (2):e1004128

Elhaik, E.; Tatarinova,T.; Chebotarev, D.; [19 authors];Comas, D.; [6 authors]; Hammer, M.; Matisoo-Smith, L.; Wells, R.S.; The Genographic, Consortium. 2014. Geographic population structure analysis of worldwide human populations infers their biogeographical origins. Nature Communications 5: 3513

Clarke, A.C.; Prost,S.; Stanton, J.A.; White, W.T.; Kaplan, M.E.; Matisoo-Smith, E.A.; and Genographic Consortium. 2014. From cheek swabs to consensus sequences: an A to Z protocol for high-throughput DNA sequencing of complete human mitochondrial genomes. BMC Genomics 15(1): 68.

Ballantyne, K.; Ralf, A.; Aboukhalid, R.; [17 authors]; Comas, D.; [98 authors]; Yong, R.Y.; Pajnič, I.Z.; and Kayser, M. 2014. Toward Male Individualization with Rapidly Mutating Y-Chromosomal Short Tandem Repeats. Human Mutation. 35 (8):1021-1032