Allele frequencies of nine STR loci of Jewish and Arab populations in Israel

U. Motro A1, C. Oz A2, R. Adelman A2, A. Davidson A3, A. Gast A3, D. Hermon A2, M. Shpitzen A2, A. Zamir A2, M. Freund A3

A1 Department of Statistics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
A2 Forensic Biology Laboratory, Division of Identification and Forensic Science (DIFS), Israel Police, Headquarters, Jerusalem, Israel
A3 Forensic Biology Laboratory, The National Center of Forensic Medicine, 67 Ben Zvi Rd., P.O.Box 49015, Tel Aviv, Israel


Abstract DNA typing of nine short tandem repeat (STR) loci was carried out on unrelated Israeli Jewish and Arab individuals. All loci were highly polymorphic and the distribution of the obtained genotypes did not deviate from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. A comparison between Jewish and Arab population data revealed statistically significant differences in allele frequency distributions for some of the loci. The results presented in this study enable the use of these nine STR loci for forensic, identification and paternity cases in the Jewish and the Arab populations of Israel.