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Rhesus polymorphism in New Caledonia, I : genetic structures of three local populations

Louis, F.J.
Published in Gene Geography. 1994, vol. 8, no. 2, p. 81-90
Abstract Rhesus phenotypes are presented for a total of 2,052 individuals belonging to three sympatric populations of New Caledonia : Kanaks (Melanesians), Wallisians (Polynesians) and Europeans born in New Caledonia. The maximum-likehood gene frequency estimations reveal a significant deviation from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium for the Kanak and Wallisian samples. As suggested on statistical grounds, this disequilibrium can be attributed to antigen e mistypings, frequently encountered for this system. This hypothesis leads to new estimations of Rhesus haplotype frequencies for the two samples. They reveal a high degree of genetic similarity (89.6%) between Kanaks and Wallisians, with little or no evidence of admixture with Europenas from New Caledonia. The latter are genetically close to southern Europeans in having a very high R1 frequency.
Keywords Human geneticsRhesus polymorphismNew Caledonia
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