Saturday, October 17, 2009

Certain genetic risk factors are uniquely found in individuals of European origin

Scientists have found evidence of recent natural selection in Europeans:

By comparing human data with genetic data from chimpanzees, the team were able to conclude that the genetic variant was the result of a selection event favouring variants that increase the risk of heart disease, coeliac disease and type 1 diabetes in European populations 3,400 years ago. The authors suggest that the risk factors were positively selected for because they gave carriers an increased protection against infection.

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