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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1997 Aug 19;94(17):9197-201.

Detecting immigration by using multilocus genotypes.

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Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3140, USA. bruce@mws4.biol.berkeley.edu

Abstract

Immigration is an important force shaping the social structure, evolution, and genetics of populations. A statistical method is presented that uses multilocus genotypes to identify individuals who are immigrants, or have recent immigrant ancestry. The method is appropriate for use with allozymes, microsatellites, or restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) and assumes linkage equilibrium among loci. Potential applications include studies of dispersal among natural populations of animals and plants, human evolutionary studies, and typing zoo animals of unknown origin (for use in captive breeding programs). The method is illustrated by analyzing RFLP genotypes in samples of humans from Australian, Japanese, New Guinean, and Senegalese populations. The test has power to detect immigrant ancestors, for these data, up to two generations in the past even though the overall differentiation of allele frequencies among populations is low.

PMID:
9256459
PMCID:
PMC23111
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