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Statistical and Computational Genetics Tools for Investigation of Human History from Large Genetic Datasets (SaharonIRG)
Start date: 01 Oct 2007, End date: 30 Sep 2011 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This proposal concerns the development of new statistical and computations methods for drawing inferences from genetic data. As a member of the Genographic Consortium, the author has access to both vast amounts of genetic data, and an array of scientific collaborators worldwide, seeking to answer questions regarding history of the human species, ancient migrations, etc. through analysis of genetic data. Some of the work already performed includes a method for mutation probability estimation from large datasets, and a paper on analysis of a large mtDNA database. A number of exciting challenges for the future work are discussed. Once the author joins the faculty at Tel Aviv University, this research will contribute to ongoing international collaboration, to inter-disciplinary collaboration within the University and to increasing our understanding about the past --- and future --- of our species, and the manner in which people world wide are connected to each other as members of one extended family.
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