Measurement of Distance and Propinquity in Anthropological Studies

  • Morris Goodman
  • Gabriel W. Lasker

Abstract

Various kinds of distance are significant in anthropological studies. We define genetic distance between two individuals (or between two populations) as the proportion of nonmatching nucleotide bases at homologous nucleotide sites between the genomes of two individuals (or of tvo populations). Since the matching nucleotide bases in these genomes are by and large the same by reason of descent from a common ancestor, genetic distance is also a measure of genetic oi phylogenetic divergence. As yet there is no way to determine the nucleotide sequences of entire genomes, but there are data which can be used to deduce the nucleotide sequences of individual genes and to sample the proportion of nonmatching nucleotide sites (i.e. the genetic distance) between genomes.

Keywords

Migration Codon Leukemia Polypeptide Macromolecule 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Morris Goodman
    • 1
  • Gabriel W. Lasker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, School of MedicineWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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