Genetic structure of Kuwaiti population revealed by Y-STR diversity

Ann Hum Biol. 2010 Nov;37(6):827-35. doi: 10.3109/03014461003720296. Epub 2010 May 13.


In this study, a sample of 126 Kuwaiti was analysed using 12 Y-chromosome short tandem repeat (STR) polymorphisms. A total of 101 different haplotypes were identified, among which 87 were individual specific. The high haplotype diversity (0.994) supports the usefulness of Y-STR markers in Kuwaiti population diversity investigation. Our results suggest a close genetic relationship between Kuwait and other populations of the Arabian Peninsula, and an even more pronounced similarity of Kuwaiti populations and Yemenis and Saudi Arabians.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arabs / genetics
  • Chromosomes, Human, Y / genetics*
  • Ethnicity / genetics
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Kuwait
  • Microsatellite Repeats*
  • Middle Aged
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*