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Characteristics of Genomic Distribution of Runs of Homozygosity in the Indigenous Population of Northern Eurasia


Populations of the indigenous ethnic groups of Northern Eurasia are of considerable interest for population genomics, both because they have been relatively poorly studied with the use of modern genomic technologies and owing to the specificity of their gene pools that developed in various genetic-demographic conditions. We used genotype data on 242 179 autosomal SNPs of 876 individuals to search for regions with runs of homozygosity of more than 1 Mb. For Siberian populations, the number of runs of homozygosity and their total length was higher than for other populations of Northern Eurasia.

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This work was carried out within the framework of the Union State Scientific and Technical Program “Development of Innovative Geno-Geographic and Genomic Technologies for Identifying the Personality and Individual Human Characteristics Based on the Study of Gene Pools of the Union State Regions (DNA Identification),” state contract no. 011-17 of September 26, 2017, and also supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research grant no. 18-29-13045 “Human Population Genomics and Transcriptomics: Search for the Signals of Non-Neutral Evolution.”

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Kolesnikov, N.A., Kharkov, V.N., Zarubin, A.A. et al. Characteristics of Genomic Distribution of Runs of Homozygosity in the Indigenous Population of Northern Eurasia. Russ J Genet 55, 1294–1298 (2019).

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