Author(s): Jobling MA, TylerSmith C
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Abstract It should be possible to use Y chromosome DNA polymorphisms to trace paternal lineages for evolutionary and other studies, but progress in these areas has been slow because it has been difficult to find suitable markers. However, it is now possible to use selected, slowly evolving polymorphisms to draw a rudimentary Y chromosome tree, while more rapidly evolving polymorphisms allow most independent Y chromosomes to be distinguished. Different populations often have characteristically different Y chromosomes, and Y chromosome studies are soon likely to make a major contribution to our understanding of the origins of modern humans.
This article was published in Trends Genet
and referenced in Journal of Molecular Biomarkers & Diagnosis