Genetics

7q11.23 Syndromes Reveal BAZ1B as a Master Regulator of the Modern Human Face and Validate the Self-Domestication Hypothesis

Symmetrical 7q11.23 dosage alterations cause craniofacial and cognitive/behavioral phenotypes that provide a privileged entry point into the evolution of the modern human face and (pro-) sociality. We undertook a functional dissection of chromatin …

Oxytocin and Vasopressin Receptor variants as a window onto the evolution of human prosociality

Modern humans lifestyle strongly depends on complex social skills like empathy, tolerance and cooperation. Variation in the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) and the arginine-vasopressin receptors (AVPR1A, AVPR1B genes) has been widely associated with diverse …