UCL Division of Biosciences


Molecular and Cultural Evolution Lab


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Welcome to the Molecular and Cultural Evolution Laboratory, which is based within the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at  University College London. We undertake research into the evolutionary processes that shape patterns of modern and ancient human molecular and cultural variation.

The distribution of genetic and cultural variation in human populations is shaped by demographic history, natural selection, mutation (or innovation) and random factors (drift). Understanding how these different processes interact is key to understanding our hidden past and permits, in many cases, detailed inferences on the specific origins and spread of populations, phenotypically / medically relevant mutations and culturally inherited skills.

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