Use of SSR fragment length homozygotes for orangutan systematics
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- Kanthaswamy, S., Binida-Emonds, O.R.P., Warden, C. et al. Primates (2001) 42: 35. doi:10.1007/BF02640687
The use of simple sequence repeat (SSR) loci lacking length polymorphisms among their alleles (defined here as homozygotes) in systemtic studies has thus far been largely ignored due to their apparent lack of genetic heterogeneity. However, in this paper we show that point mutations, insertions, and deletions within SSR loci of identical size can be highly informative for population genetic and evolutionary studies. Our preliminary study of the von Willebrand factor (vWF) locus shows that there is a significant level of divergence among the Bornean Orangutans which implies that present orangutan subbopulations in Borneo are genetically isolated from each other. However, our findings do not confirm that the Bornean and Sumatran Orangutans form two separate clades.