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Medical Human Brain Still Evolving!

  1. Sep 8, 2005 #1

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    Breaking news; see this NY Times story. Two separate genes for brain size have been shown to have developed rapidly in recent times under selection, one since -37,000 (Cro-Magnon era), the other since only -5300 (neolithic, just before writing invented). The papers describing the research are in the current issue of Science.
     
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    great article! the work will have major repercussions and start a lot of other followup research I think

    Here is a press release about this work from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and another HHMI link about Bruce Lahn


    http://www.hhmi.org/news/lahn4.html

    http://www.hhmi.org/research/investigators/lahn.html
     
  5. Sep 12, 2005 #4

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    some more links:

    http://hmg.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/13/5/489
    free download of complete Lahn ASPM article from Human Molecular Genetics
    "Adaptive evolution of ASPM, a major determinant of cerebral cortical size in humans"

    http://hmg.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/13/11/1139
    free download of complete Lahn Microcephalin article from Human Molecular Genetics
    "Reconstructing the evolutionary history of microcephalin, a gene controlling human brain size."

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/...list_uids=15620360&itool=iconabstr&query_hl=5
    abstract of Lahn article

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/...d&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16151009&query_hl=5
    abstract of Lahn Microcephalin article in 9 Sept Science journal.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/...d&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16151010&query_hl=5
    abstract of Lahn ASPM article in 9 Sept Science
     
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