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Do microsatellites reflect genome-wide genetic diversity in natural populations? A comment on Väli et al. (2008).

Publiceringsår: 2010
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 851-855
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Molecular ecology
Volym: 19
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Blackwell Publishing Ltd


Abstract A recent study by Väli et al. (2008) highlights that microsatellites will often provide a poor prediction of the genome-wide nucleotide diversity of wild populations, but does not fully explain why. To clarify and stress the importance of identity disequilibrium and marker variability for correlations between multilocus heterozygosity and genome-wide genetic variability, we performed a simple simulation with different types of markers, corresponding to microsatellites and SNPs, in populations with different inbreeding history. The importance of identity disequilibrium was apparent for both markers and there was a clear impact of marker variability.



  • Biology and Life Sciences
  • identity disequilibrium
  • genetic diversity
  • heterozygosity
  • inbreeding
  • microsatellites


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  • Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab
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