Meeting Report

European Journal of Human Genetics (2007) 15, 603–606. doi:10.1038/sj.ejhg.5201811; published online 14 March 2007

Insights into modern disease from our distant evolutionary past

Bryndis Yngvadottir1

1The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Correspondence: B Yngvadottir, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambs CB10 1SA, UK. Tel: +44 0 1223 834244; Fax: +44 0 1223 494919; E-mail: by1@sanger.ac.uk

Received 1 February 2007; Accepted 2 February 2007; Published online 14 March 2007.

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Abstract

An EMBO workshop entitled 'Human Evolution and Disease' was held recently (6–9 December 2006, Hyderabad, India) where 141 scientists from many disciplines came together to discuss recent studies of human variation, origins and dispersal, natural selection and disease susceptibility. The meeting tackled the subject of human evolution and disease from the different perspectives of archaeology, linguistics, genetics and genomics based on both new and publicly available data sets. In this report, we highlight the latest fashion crazes in the discipline, in particular, the use of large public data sets and new methods to analyse modern human variation and the links between human evolution and disease susceptibility.

Keywords:

conference, human evolution, disease, human variation, archaeology, linguistics

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