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Department of Evolutionary Genetics

The Department of Evolutionary Genetics studies the genetic history of humans, apes and other organisms. We are interested in both the forces that affect the genome directly, such as mutation and recombination, and in the effects of selection and population history.

The department consists of two tenured faculty members: Svante Pääbo and Mark Stoneking; and one non-tenured member, Janet Kelso.

Research is done in the following groups:

Genome Projects

The Department of Evolutionary Genetics has been working on a number of genome sequencing projects. Researchers of the department have sequenced and analyzed Neandertal genomes, a Denisovan genome and a bonobo genome.