Alan Templeton

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Alan R. Templeton is an American geneticist and statistician at Washington University in St. Louis, where he holds the Charles Rebstock professorship in biology,[1] and also at the University of Haifa, where he holds a professorship in the Institute of Evolution and the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology. He is known for his work demonstrating the degree of genetic differences between humans of different races.[2] According to Templeton's research, perceived differences in races are more related to cultural perceptions and biases than any underlying genetic reality.[3] For example, Templeton's statistical analysis of the human genome shows that much greater genetic diversity exists between populations of chimpanzees than humans.[4]

Research projects[edit]

Using data from the International HapMap Project and the 1000 Genomes project, Templeton and a team of researchers looked at mutations encompassing the gephyrin gene of chromosome 14 and were able to trace the split back to the last common ancestor.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Washington University in St. Louis Department of Biology Faculty". 
  2. ^ "Out Of Africa": a visual model of genetic migration
  3. ^ A plea to lose the race The Age, July 15, 2004
  4. ^ Templeton, Alan R. (September 2013). "Biological races in humans". Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 44 (3): 262–271. doi:10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.04.010. 
  5. ^ "Big data allows computer engineers to find genetic clues in humans". March 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Human gephyrin is encompassed within giant functional noncoding yin–yang sequences". Nature (Journal). March 27, 2015. 

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