A population-genetic perspective on the similarities and differences among worldwide human populations

Hum Biol. 2011 Dec;83(6):659-84. doi: 10.3378/027.083.0601.


Recent studies have produced a variety of advances in the investigation of genetic similarities and differences among human populations. Here, I pose a series of questions about human population-genetic similarities and differences, and I then answer these questions by numerical computation with a single shared population-genetic data set. The collection of answers obtained provides an introductory perspective for understanding key results on the features of worldwide human genetic variation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Gene Frequency*
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Genome-Wide Association Study
  • Geography
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Microsatellite Repeats
  • Phylogeography*