The genes that confer a female advantage on her offspring have not been detected in human populations, so what does it mean that we do not know about the genes that make us more successful?
A study by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, has found that a gene called HAP1, which codes for a protein that binds to proteins in the immune system, is not found in most women.
In a paper published in the journal Nature Genetics, the researchers report that they had identified several genes that were also absent from human populations.
They say that this suggests that these genes are not only not found, but that they are not important.HAP1 is a protein-based transcription factor that has been linked to many diseases.
It is the protein responsible for regulating cell survival and differentiation, and has been implicated in many other traits.
The genes in question have been identified in the genomes of several mammals, including humans.
“This is not the first time that HAP-1 has been found in human genomes, but it is the first to find a variant in a large number of people,” lead author Jia Liu said in a statement.
“The gene has been previously found in many human populations including Caucasians, Japanese, East Asians, African Americans, and East Asians but not in humans from other ethnic groups, including Asians, or people from countries with no history of European admixture.”
The new study is not perfect, the authors acknowledge, because the gene is a candidate for selection in humans, so the authors cannot rule out that other genetic variants are involved.
“We still need to do further testing of our results, including in larger populations, to be sure we can identify other genes that are associated with higher HAP sensitivity,” Liu said.
“But our findings suggest that HAPP1 is not a unique candidate for disease susceptibility in humans.”