Human Y-chromosomal STR haplotypes in a Kurdish population sample

C. Brinkmann A1, P. Forster A2, M. Schürenkamp A2, J. Horst A1, B. Rolf A2, B. Brinkmann A2

A1 Institut für Humangenetik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Vesaliusweg 12-14, D-48149 Münster, Germany
A2 Institut für Rechtsmedizin, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Von-Esmarch-Strasse 62, D-48149 Münster, Germany email: Tel. +49-251-83-55161; Fax +49-251-83-55158


Abstract In an Iraqi Kurdish population sample (n = 101), seven polymorphic STR loci of the Y-chromosome (DYS19, 389, 390, 391, 392, 393, and DXYS156-Y) were typed, with DYS389 being subtyped for its four segments. The haplotype diversity was 97.83% and 82 different haplotypes were observed. The Kurds shared some Y-types with neighbouring south Turks but strikingly few with Germans: it is 20-30 times more likely to find a sequence match in a random pair of Kurds than in a random Kurd-German pair.