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Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
Volume 41, December 2016, Pages 62–71
Genetics of human origin
Genomic signatures of sex-biased demography: progress and prospects
Sex-biased demographic events have played a crucial role in shaping human history. Many of these processes affect genetic variation and can therefore leave detectable signatures in the genome because autosomal, X-linked, Y-linked, and mitochondrial DNA inheritance differ between sexes. Here, we discuss how sex-biased processes shape patterns of genetic diversity across the genome, review recent genomic evidence for sex-biased demography in modern human populations, and suggest directions for future research.