Selective sweep on human amylase genes postdates the split with Neanderthals
Inchley, C. E., Larbey, C. D., Shwan, N. A., Pagani, L., Saag, L., Antão, T., …Kivisild, T. (in press). Selective sweep on human amylase genes postdates the split with Neanderthals. Scientific Reports, 6, doi:10.1038/srep37198. ISSN 2045-2322
Humans have more copies of amylase genes than other primates. It is still poorly understood, however, when the copy number expansion occurred and whether its spread was enhanced by selection. Here we assess amylase copy numbers in a global sample of...