The mitochondrial DNA of 62 Saami from the north of Norway was analyzed in the D loop hypervariable region I and II and sequences were compared to other gene pools. Two major (lineage 1 and 2) and two minor (lineage 3 and 4) maternal lineage clusters were found. Lineage 1 (56.9% of all hitherto analyzed Saami samples) contains a substantial number of branching haplotypes which are unknown in European gene pools. Lineage 2 (31.5%) and lineage 4 (3.6%) have few branching points and are present at a low rate throughout European gene pools. Lineage 3 (4.7%) has polymorphisms characteristic of circumpolar lineages.
Stefan Krauss, MD
Department of Molecular Genetics
Institute of Medical Biology, University of Tromsø
N–9037 Tromsø (Norway)
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Received: Received: January 24, 1997
Revision received: November 4, 1997
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Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 1, Number of References : 27
Human Heredity (International Journal of Human and Medical Genetics)
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