Autosomal short tandem repeat variations and population genetic data on 23 systems in seven major subpopulations from Lebanon
Population allele frequency is an indicator of population genetic diversity and plays significant roles in DNA profiling interpretation in human identification, kinship, and forensic testing. The Lebanese population is a mosaic of 18 religious communities with high rates of consanguinity and endogamy. Allele frequencies for 23 STR loci were estimated and analyzed in the seven major Lebanese religious subcommunities (Muslims Shiaa, Sunni, and Druze, and Christians Orthodox, Maronite, and Catholics), to assess possible significant differences among their STR allele frequencies.
KeywordsSTR DNA profile DNA interpretation DNA testing Subpopulation Endogamy Consanguinity Allele frequencies Lebanon
The authors extended their gratitude to Prof. Franco Taroni for his valuable recommendations and feedback, to Ms. Myriam Helou, Marc Obeid, Fidaa el Moughrabi, and Hadi Kabbout for their valuable help, and to all the participants of the study. This work was granted with the multiplex kits by Promega Corporation.
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