Apr 13, 2010

The effect of recent admixture on inference of ancient human population history

Genetics
Kirk E LohmuellerAndrew G Clark

Abstract

Despite the widespread study of genetic variation in admixed human populations, such as African-Americans, there has not been an evaluation of the effects of recent admixture on patterns of polymorphism or inferences about population demography. These issues are particularly relevant because estimates of the timing and magnitude of population growth in Africa have differed among previous studies, some of which examined African-American individuals. Here we use simulations and single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data collected through direct resequencing and genotyping to investigate these issues. We find that when estimating the current population size and magnitude of recent growth in an ancestral population using the site frequency spectrum (SFS), it is possible to obtain reasonably accurate estimates of the parameters when using samples drawn from the admixed population under certain conditions. We also show that methods for demographic inference that use haplotype patterns are more sensitive to recent admixture than are methods based on the SFS. The analysis of human genetic variation data from the Yoruba people of Ibadan, Nigeria and African-Americans supports the predictions from the simulations. Our results have importa...Continue Reading

  • References47
  • Citations10

References

  • References47
  • Citations10

Citations

Mentioned in this Paper

African Continental Ancestry Group
Human Genetics
DNA Resequencing
African American
Nucleotides
Tribes
Genetic Polymorphism
Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
Population Spatial Distribution
Genotype Determination

Related Feeds

BioHub - Researcher Network

The Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub aims to support the fundamental research and develop the technologies that will enable physicians to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases in our childrens' lifetimes. The CZ Biohub brings together researchers from UC Berkeley, Stanford, and UCSF. Find the latest research from the CZ Biohub researcher network here.