The role of founder populations in mapping complex disease genes: Studies in the South Dakota Hutterites

  • Carole Ober
Part of the Progress in Inflammation Research book series (PIR)


Founder populations are populations that are derived from a well-defined ancestral population with little admixture since their founding. Founder populations can be old and derived from a larger number of ancestors, such as the Finnish, Icelandic, Ashkenazi, and Sardinian populations, or young and derived from a much smaller number of founders, such as the Amish, Hutterites, and Tristan de Cunhans [1]. The latter group of founder populations is also inbred, i.e., the inbreeding coefficient is > 0 for nearly everyone in the population because all matings are consanguineous.


Human Leukocyte Antigen Susceptibility Allele Founder Population Linkage Disequilibrium Mapping Outbred Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carole Ober
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  1. 1.Department of Human GeneticsThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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