Published frequencies for alleles at the alpha- and zeta-globin gene loci within the alpha-globin gene cluster were used to calculate genetic distances between populations of South East Asia and the Pacific region. When analyses using the alpha-globin alleles, populations are grouped according to the endemicity of malaria while the groupings derived from the embryonic zeta-globin allele frequencies appear to be far less influenced by the incidence of malaria and probably reflect ancestral or chance relationships due to founder effects, migration and small population sizes.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Annals of human biology|
|Publication status||Published - 1987|