Simon Gravel, McGill University


Burnside Hall Room 1205, 805 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0B9, CA

Genomics like it's 1960: Inferring human history

A central goal of population genetics is the inference of the biological, evolutionary and demographic forces that shaped human diversity. Large-scale sequencing experiments provide fantastic opportunities to learn about human history and biology if we can overcome computational and statistical challenges. I will discuss how simple mid-century statistical approaches, such as the jackknife and Kolmogorov equations, can be combined in unexpected ways to solve partial differential equations, optimize genomic study design, and learn about the spread of modern humans since our common African origins.

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