Genetic variation at the MCIR Locus and the time since loss of human body hair

Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Anthropology
Creator Rogers, Alan R.
Other Author Iltis, David; Wooding, Stephen
Title Genetic variation at the MCIR Locus and the time since loss of human body hair
Date 2004
Description The melanocortin I receptor (MCIR) locus makes a protein that affects the color of skin and hair. At this locus, amino-acid differences are entirely absent among African humans, abundant among non-Africans (especially Europeans), and abundant in chimpanzee/human comparisons (Rana et al. 1999, Harding et al. 2000). Previous studies have found no evidence of either directional or diversifying selection, so the pattern in these data has been attributed to tight selective constraint within Africa--a defense against the strong sunlight there--and relaxed constraint in Eurasia (Harding et al. 2000).
Type Text
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Volume 45
Issue 1
First Page 105
Last Page 124
Subject Nonsynonymous; Chimpanzee; Constraint
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Rogers, A. R., Iltis, D., & Wooding, S. (2004). Genetic variation at the MCIR Locus and the time since loss of human body hair. Current Anthropology, 45(1), 105-24.
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