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March 07, 2006

Diet, habitat and DNA

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The Guardian has evidence of recent human evolution.

Diet and habitat have caused recent tweaks in human DNA

Ian Sample, science correspondent
Tuesday March 7, 2006
The Guardian


Scientists have spotted signs of recent evolution in the human genetic code, suggesting that diet and changes in habitat have had a lasting effect on our make-up.

In one of the first detailed scans of the entire human genome, researchers discovered more than 700 tweaks to genes they believe have arisen in the past 5,000 to 10,000 years, a period of time that saw humans spread north from equatorial regions and develop agriculture as a means of securing food.

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