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Publication : Trends in ecology & evolution

Demeter’s legacy: rapid changes to our genome imposed by diet

Scientific Fields
Diseases
Organisms
Applications
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Published in Trends in ecology & evolution - 11 Jan 2008

Patin E, Quintana-Murci L

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 18191277

Trends Ecol. Evol. (Amst.) 2008 Feb;23(2):56-9

The transition from foraging to farming allowed humans to produce several foods in abundance that were previously scarce. However, early farmers had to adapt to benefit fully from this energy-rich but initially detrimental food supply. Perry et al. recently showed that natural selection has increased the copy number of a gene encoding a starch-digesting enzyme in farming populations. This study illustrates that genetic adaptation to new diets has occurred in humans since the agricultural revolution.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18191277