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Evolution of Borrelia and Lyme disease

Margos G, Becker NS, Fingerle V, Sing A, Ramos JA, Lopes de Carvalhoc I, Norte AC. Core genome phylogenetic analysis of the avian associated Borrelia turdi indicates a close relationship to Borrelia garinii. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; 2019;131:93-98.

Margos G, Fedorova N, Becker NS, Kleinjan JE, Marosevic D, Krebs S, Hui L, Fingerle V, Lane RS. Borrelia maritima sp. nov., a novel species of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato complex, occupies a basal position to North American species. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology; 2019; In Press.

Becker NS*, Margos G*, Blum H, Krebs S, Graf A, Lane RS, Castillo-Ramírez S, Sing A and Fingerle V. Recurrent evolution of host and vector association in bacteria of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato species complex. BMC Genomics; 2016;17:734.

Gatzmann F, Metzler D, Krebs S, Blum H, Sing A, Takano A, Kawabata H, Fingerle V, Margos G* and Becker NS*. NGS population genetics analyses reveal divergent evolution of a Lyme Borreliosis agent in Europe and Asia. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases; 2015;6:344-351.

Evolution ofAfrican Pygmy populations

Pemberton TJ, Verdu P, Becker NS, Willer CJ, Hewlett BS, Le Bomin S, Froment A, Rosenberg NA, Heyer E. A genome scan for genes underlying adult body size differences between Central African hunter-gatherers and farmers. Human Genetics; 2018;137: 487-509.

Patin E, Siddle KJ, Laval G, Quach H, Harmant C, Becker N, Froment A, Régnault B, Lemée L, Gravel S, Hombert JM, Van der Veen L, Dominy NJ, Perry GH, Barreiro LB, Verdu P, Heyer E and Quintana-Murci L. The impact of agricultural emergence on the genetic history of African rainforest hunter-gatherers and agriculturalists. Nature Communications. 2014;5:3163.

Verdu P, Becker NSA, Froment A, Georges M, Grugni V, Quintana-Murci L, Hombert JM, Van der Veen L, Le Bomin S, Bahuchet S, Heyer E and Austerlizt F. Sociocultural Behavior, Sex-Biased Admixture, and Effective Population Sizes in Central African Pygmies and Non-Pygmies. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 2013; 30:918-937.

Becker NSA, Verdu P, Georges M, Duquesnoy P, Froment A, Amselem S, Le Bouc Y and Heyer E. The role of GHR and IGF1 genes in the genetic determination of African pygmies’ short stature. European Journal of Human Genetics. 2013; 21:653-658.

Becker NSA, Touraille P, Froment A, Heyer E and Courtiol A. Short stature in African pygmies is not explained by sexual selection. Evolution and Human Behavior. 2012;33:615-622.

Becker NSA*, Verdu P*, Froment A, Le Bomin S, Pagezy H, Bahuchet S, Heyer E. Indirect Evidence for the Genetic Determination of Short Stature in African Pygmies. AJPA. 2011; 145:390-401.