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DNA polymorphisms and copy-number variants of alpha-, zeta-, and gamma-globin genes have been studied in seven Micronesian island populations and have been compared with those in populations from Southeast Asia, Melanesia, and Polynesia. Micronesians are not significantly different from Polynesians at these loci and appear to be intermediate between Southeast Asians and Melanesians. There is evidence of significant Melanesian input into the Micronesian gene pool and of substantial proto-Polynesian contact with Melanesia.


Journal article


Am J Hum Genet

Publication Date





144 - 155


African Continental Ancestry Group, DNA, European Continental Ancestry Group, Genetics, Population, Globins, Humans, Micronesia, Pacific Islands, Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length