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Consuelo Quinto Cortes

Consuelo Quinto Cortes

Enter into the Ph.D. Program Fall 2010

Research Advisor: Michael Hammer

Research Topic: Genomic signature of admixture and demographic inferenceĀ 


Lab phone number: 626-0404

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My current project focuses on understanding the peopling of Japan using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC). Japan has an interesting history from the point of view of population genetics, and three hypotheses exist regarding its peopling. The hybridization theory is the best supported by previous genetics studies of the studies of the Y chromosome and DNA mitochondrial; however genome-wide polymorphisms have not been used to answer this question. This theory argues that modern Japanese are the result of an admixture process between the Jomon and Yayoi people, two groups that are known to have migrated to the archipelago at different times and developed distinct cultures.

Last updated 10 Sep 2014