February 15, 2013

East Asian Physical Traits Linked to Mutation

Nicholas Wade, New York Times


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Gaining a deep insight into human evolution, researchers have identified a mutation in a critical human gene as the source of several distinctive traits that make East Asians different from other races.

The traits — thicker hair shafts, more sweat glands, characteristically identified teeth and smaller breasts — are the result of a gene mutation that occurred about 35,000 years ago, the researchers have concluded.

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TAGGED: Asians, Mutation, Genetics

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