Melanesian mtDNA Complexity

  title={Melanesian mtDNA Complexity},
  author={Jonathan S. Friedlaender and Françoise R. Friedlaender and Jason A. Hodgson and Matthew J Stoltz and George Koki and Gisele Horvat and Sergey I. Zhadanov and Theodore G. Schurr and David Andrew Merriwether},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  pages={33 - 42}
Melanesian populations are known for their diversity, but it has been hard to grasp the pattern of the variation or its underlying dynamic. Using 1,223 mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequences from hypervariable regions 1 and 2 (HVR1 and HVR2) from 32 populations, we found the among-group variation is structured by island, island size, and also by language affiliation. The more isolated inland Papuan-speaking groups on the largest islands have the greatest distinctions, while shore dwelling… CONTINUE READING
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