New paper about pig domestication in Nature Genetics!

Members of our group have written and published a new paper regarding pig domestication in Nature Genetics entitled "Evidence of long-term gene flow and selection during domestication from analyses of Eurasian wild and domestic pig genomes" the following is taken from the abstract:

"Traditionally, the process of domestication is assumed to be initiated by humans, involve few individuals and rely on reproductive isolation between wild and domestic forms. We analysed pig domestication using over 100 genome sequences and tested whether pig domestication followed a traditional linear model or a more complex, reticulate model. We found that the assumptions of traditional models, such as reproductive isolation and strong domestication bottlenecks, are incompatible with the genetic data. In addition, our results show that, despite gene flow, the genomes of domestic pigs have strong signatures of selection at loci that affect behaviour and morphology."

The link to the original paper can be found here.

Here are the links to the associated press releases:

  1. http://phys.org/news/2015-09-modern-pigs-wild-boar-genes.html

  2. http://theconversation.com/how-did-wild-boar-become-farmyard-pigs-geneti...

  3. http://www.bioportfolio.com/news/article/2445841/Evidence-of-long-term-g...

  4. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ist/?next=/smart-news/pigs-are-mix-several...

  5. http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/43895/title/Unexpe...

A huge congratulations to Laurent and his collaborators on a paper well done!

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