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Peter Underhill
Genetic Researcher, Stanford University School of Medicine

Humboldt State

B.S. Oceanography (1970)
  • Research involves the molecular analysis of DNA sequence variation in human populations.
  • Since 1992, responsible for pioneering research on human Y chromosome diversification which has led to the development of a robust gene tree.
  • Underhill and his associates patented a process of quickly comparing the 60 million base pairs of nucleotides on one Y chromosome with the 60 million pairs on other men's Y chromosomes. The process is known as Denaturing High Performance Liquid Chromatography.
  • Underhill's work is broadly published in scientific journals. He has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on the relationship of the Y chromosome to human evolution.
  • As quoted by Underhill: "Basically, we're reconstructing the story of human history. Our research is like the laboratory equivalent of going back in history with a time machine."

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