17 March, 2005

Shameless, positively shameless, self-promotion

The first paper I published in my current lab (and also the first paper ever published by the lab) came out in January in the small-but-feisty journal Trends in Genetics. It's called "A limited role for balancing selection." (If you're really interested I have a PDF of it).

Anyway: it got picked up by Faculty of 1000, a kind of metafilter for scientific journals which cherry-picks out articles of significance. It only got a score of 3.0, but still feels cool. F1000 is subscriber-only, so here's what the commenter said:
This nicely written short paper gives evidence that there are very few shared SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) in coding regions between humans and chimpanzees, suggesting that balancing selection has not had a major impact in preserving variation over the time scale of the human-chimp divergence. It will be interesting to see the results of similar analyses for Drosophila melanogaster and D. simulans and other closely-related species pairs.

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