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The promise and limitations of population exomics for human evolution studies

Jacob A Tennessen1, Timothy D O'Connor1, Michael J Bamshad12 and Joshua M Akey1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, 3720 15th Ave NE, Box 355065, Seattle, WA 98195-5065, USA

2 Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, 1959 NE Pacific St, Box 356320, Seattle, WA 98195-6320, USA

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Genome Biology 2011, 12:127  doi:10.1186/gb-2011-12-9-127

Published: 14 September 2011


Exome sequencing is poised to yield substantial insights into human genetic variation and evolutionary history, but there are significant challenges to overcome before this becomes a reality.