human evolution

April 28, 2023

Study shows some nerve cell circuits for color vision are uniquely human.

Mitchell Vollger and Glennis Logsdon of the Eichler Lab at UW Medicine
March 31, 2022

Genome scientists within UW Medicine were major contributors to the sequencing of the first complete human genome.

March 31, 2022

UW Medicine’s contribution to finishing the sequence covered highly repetitive regions, include those related to human evolution.

May 5, 2021

A newly generated bonobo genome assembly pinpoints specific variants that distinguish chimpanzee and bonobo lineages.

April 9, 2021

This full assembly may contain clues to ape and human divergence; certain immune, brain and heart disorders; and other questions.

February 21, 2019

She explores recent evolutionary history of humans and subtle genetic differences among closely related populations. 

Media contact:  Leila Gray, 206.685.0381,

The archaic Denisovan and Neanderthal DNA that persists in modern individuals from the Pacific islands of Melanesia could be a source of new information about early human history, according to a report published this Thursday, March 17, in the E

Neanderthal DNA present in the human genome can affect certain health-related traits in people of European ancestry, according to a paper in this week’s Science.

Why is it so difficult to locate and study the parts of the human genome that make humans distinct from other animals?  In looking a this question, The Altantic spoke with Evan Eichler, professor of genome sciences, and a Ph.D.

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