Darwin Day 2016: African Evolutionary Genomics
A Modern Look at Human Genetic Diversity
Presented by Dr. Sarah Tishkoff
Professor of Genetics and Biology
University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by the Dean's Office of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Co-sponsored by the Center for African Studies
Africa is thought to be the ancestral homeland of all modern human populations. It is also a region of tremendous cultural, linguistic, climatic and genetic diversity. Despite the important role that African populations have played in human history, they remain one of the most underrepresented groups in human genomics studies. A comprehensive knowledge of patterns of variation in African genomes is critical for a deeper understanding of human genomic diversity, the identification of functionally important genetic variation, the genetic basis of adaptation to diverse environments, and the origins of modern humans.
Join renowned human evolutionary geneticist Dr. Sarah Tishkoff, as she discusses her work characterizing patterns of genomic variation, ancestry, and local adaptation across ethnically and geographically diverse African populations, including the identification of genomic regions that play a role in adaptation to infectious disease, diet and high altitude, as well as short stature in African Pygmies.
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About Darwin Day 2016
Darwin Day is an annual international celebration of the life and work of Charles Darwin. It is also a time to emphasize the importance of science education in today's modern world, and the impact evolutionary biology has on many aspects of our lives.
Evolutionary theory is the single unifying concept in modern biology. Unfortunately, there are groups working against the teaching of evolutionary biology in our schools, even as the United States continues to lag behind most other developed countries in math and science education.
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