Genetics and Demography

Nov 30, 2021, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
University-affiliated faculty, students, staff and visitors
Event Description


Demography is a genuinely interdisciplinary field of research. Today, social science data sources provide molecular genetic information, and researchers all over the world are interested in utilizing this information to better understand various bio-social phenomena. The potential, set free by the molecular genetic data revolution, is at a maximum in demography. But this does not go one way: Demographic insights have recently become of major interest for genetic discovery studies and beyond. In this talk, we spotlight the intersection of contemporary genetic and demographic research. We’ll discuss some recent genetic discovery studies for traits of demographic interest, their implications for the field and for ongoing natural selection, heterogeneity across populations hiding heritability, selection issues of genetic data, and more.