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White skin developed in Europe only as recently as 8,000 years ago ~ Based on 83 human samples from Holocene Europe as analyzed under the 1000 Genomes Project, we now know that for the majority of the time that humans have lived in Europe, the people had dark skin, and the genes signifying light skin only appear within the past 8,000 years. This recent and relatively quick process of natural selection suggests that the traits which spread rapidly were advantageous within that environment.


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Amazon Web Services' Big Free Genetic Database

Amazon Web Services’ Big Free Genetic Database. Amazon’s cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services, will store for public use the entire contents of the National Institutes of Health’s 1000 Genomes Project, a survey of genetic information from 1,700 individuals . 03/29/2012~ The New York Times


The 1000 Genomes Project Consortium set out to create a complete catalog of all common genetic variation across human populations. The consortium has sequenced 1,092 human genomes from 14 different populations thus far. Image courtesy of Lauren Solomon, Broad Communications


The goal of the 1000 Genomes Project is to find most genetic variants that have frequencies of at least 1% in the populations studied.

Genetic Variation - 1000 Genomes Project - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

from BBC News

1000 Genomes project maps 95% of all gene variations

An individual human genome consists of over three billion genes and some three million variations


1000 Genomes Project data available on Amazon Cloud | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Pardis Sabeti and colleagues describe their analysis of human sequence data from the 1000 Genomes Project to reveal hundreds of potential adaptive variants. In a second study, the authors engineered mice to express an allele of the human Ectodysplasin receptor, which originated in China ~30,000 years ago, to model recent human evolution.


2016-At GigaScience, researchers led by Complete Genomics' Brock Peters described how they used the company's Long-Fragment Read technology to generate sequencing and haplotype information for 184 genomes. The researchers also reported uncovering 2.6 million high-quality rare variants not present in either the Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms database or the 1000 Genomes Project Phase 3 data.