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Adventures in recent human evolution — what genomes tell us

January 23rd, 2014 | 13:00 (EST)

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How our species, Homo sapiens, came to be what it is today is an endlessly fascinating question. Two advances have radically transformed our ability to answer this question: the availability of genome data for lots of humans living today and the ability to sequence DNA from fossil remains of our ancestors and their relatives, such as Neanderthals. Our forthcoming Cell Symposium ‘Evolution of Modern Humans - From Bones to Genomes’ held on March 16-18, 2014 in Sitges, Spain, will pay homage to these developments (http://www.cell-symposia-humanevolution.com/). In this webinar, two world leaders in the study of human evolution will showcase different approaches by which genome information is used to understand the forces that shaped the way humans evolved and became what they are today.
 

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Anyone interested in human evolution and human genetics, in particular those wanting to understand how we can use and synthesize the information from the genomes of extant and ancient humans to understand how our species, Homo sapiens, became what it is today. The webinar will also be of interest to those wanting to learn about infectious disease dynamics and the complex role infectious diseases have played in human evolution.

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Pardis Sabeti, M.D. D.Phil.
Associate Professor
Harvard University
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Joshua Akey
Associate Professor of Genome Sciences
University of Washington
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Moderator:
Florian Maderspacher
Senior Editor, Current Biology
Cell Press
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