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24. Olney K, Narang P, Taravella A, Webster TH and Wilson Sayres MA. 2017. EvSex16: Evolutionary Genomics of Sex. Journal of Heredity 108(7): 707-708. doi: 10.1093/jhered/esx084

23. Rupp S, Webster TH, Olney K, Hutchins E, Kusumi K and Wilson Sayres MA. 2017. Evolution of dosage compensation in Anolis carolinensis, a reptile with XX/XY chromosomal sex determination. Genome Biology and Evolution 9(1): 231-240. doi:10.1093/gbe/evw263


22. Taravella AM and Wilson Sayres MA. 2016. Fruitful analysis of sex chromosomes reveals X-treme genetic diversity. Genome Biology 17: 244. doi:10.1186/s13059-016-1115-9

21. Narang P and Wilson Sayres MA. 2016. Variable autosomal and X divergence near and far from genes affects estimates of male mutation bias in great apes. Genome Biology and Evolution 8(11): 3393–3405. doi:10.1093/gbe/evw232

20. Pagani L… Wilson Sayres MA… et al. 2016. Genomic analyses inform on migration events during the peopling of Eurasia. Nature (advanced access online). doi:10.1038/nature19792.

19. Webster TH and Wilson Sayres MA. 2016. Sex-biased demography across human populationsCurrent Opinion in Genetics and Development  3(41): 62-71. doi:10.1016/j.gde.2016.08.002

18. Poznik GD, Xue Y, Mendez F, Willems T, Massaia A, Wilson Sayres M, et al. (37 others). 2016. Punctuated bursts in human male demography inferred from 1,244 worldwide Y-chromosome sequencesNature Genetics 48: 593-599.  doi:10.1038/nature19792

17. Cotter DJ, Brotman SM and Wilson Sayres MA. 2016. Genetic diversity on the human X chromosome does not support a strict pseudoautosomal boundary. Genetics 203(1): 485-492. doi: 10.1534/genetics.114.172692.


16. 1000 Genomes Consortium. 2015. A global reference for human genetic variationNature 25(4): 459-466. doi:10.1038/nature15393

15. Boddy A, Fortunato A, Wilson Sayres M and Aktipis A. 2015. Cooperation and conflict beyond the womb: Theparadoxical effects of fetal microchimerism on maternal healthBioEssays 37(10): 1106-1118. doi:10.1002/bies.201500059 (video abstract)

14. Karmin M*, Saag L*, Vicente M*, Wilson Sayres MA*et. al (95 other authors). 2015. A recent bottleneck of Y chromosome diversity coincides with a global change in cultureGenome Research 25(4): 459-466. doi:10.1101/gr.186684.114

13. Wilson Sayres MA. 2015. “Evolution, Trends in.” Discoveries in Modern Science: Exploration, Invention, Technology. Ed. James Trefil. Vol. 1. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA. 330-333.


12. Wilson Sayres MA, Lohmueller KE and Nielsen R. 2014. Natural selection reduced diversity on human YchromosomesPLoS Genetics 10(1): e1004064. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1004064


11. Tsai Paulina and Wilson Sayres MA. 2013. Evolution of the phosphatase gene family across nematode worms and fliesBerkeley Scientific Journal 18(1): 87-93. 

10. Pandey R*, Wilson Sayres MA* and Azad R. 2013. Detecting evolutionary strata on the human X chromosome inthe absence of gametologous Y-linked sequencesGenome Biology and Evolution 5(10): 1863-1871.  doi:10.1093/gbe/evt139

9. Somel M, Wilson Sayres MA, Jordan G, Huerta-Sanchez E, Fumagalli M, Ferrer-Admetlla A, and Nielsen R. 2013. A scanfor human-specific relaxation of negative selection reveals unexpectedpolymorphism in the proteasomeMolecular Biology and Evolution 30(8): 1808-1815.  doi:10.1093/molbev/mst098

8. Wilson Sayres MA*. 2013. Timing of ancient human Y lineage depends on mutation rate: a comment on Mendezet alarXiv. 1304.6098.

7. Wilson Sayres MA and Makova KD. 2013. Gene survival and death on the human Y chromosomeMolecular Biology and Evolution 30(3): 781-7.  doi:10.1093/molbev/mss267

6. Wilson Sayres MA. 2013. Pseudoautosomal Linkage, Region, In: Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics (Second Edition). Elsevier: 514-516.

2012 and before

5. Wilson Sayres MA, Brooks AJ, Chanock SJ, Cheung V, Goldstein DB, Jin L, and Kwok P-Y. 2012. HGV2011:Personalized genomic medicine meets the incidentalomeHuman Mutation 33(3): 582-5.   doi:10.1002/humu.22008

4. Wilson Sayres MA, Venditti C, Pagel M, and Makova KD. 2011. Do variations in substitution rates and male mutationbias correlate with life-history traits? A study of 32 mammalian genomesEvolution 65(10): 2800-15.  doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01337.x

3. Wilson Sayres MA, and Makova KD. 2011. Genome analyses substantiate male mutation bias in many speciesBioEssays 33(12): 938-45. doi:10.1002/bies.201100091

2. Wilson MA, and Makova, KD. 2009. Evolution and survival on eutherian sex chromosomesPLoS Genetics 5(7):  e1000568.  doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1000568

1. Wilson MA, and Makova, KD. 2009. Genomic analyses of sex chromosome evolution. Annual Reviews of Human Genetics and Genomics 10: 333-54. doi:10.1146/annurev-genom-082908-150105