, Volume 112, Issue 3, pp 181-183

Human Y-chromosomal STR haplotypes in a Kurdish population sample

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In an Iraqi Kurdish population sample (n = 101), seven polymorphic STR loci of the Y-chromosome (DYS19, 389, 390, 391, 392, 393, and DXYS156-Y) were typed, with DYS389 being subtyped for its four segments. The haplotype diversity was 97.83% and 82 different haplotypes were observed. The Kurds shared some Y-types with neighbouring south Turks but strikingly few with Germans: it is 20–30 times more likely to find a sequence match in a random pair of Kurds than in a random Kurd-German pair.

Received: 25 September 1998 / Received in revised form: 4 November 1998 / Accepted: 5 November 1998