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Genetic Diversity in Africa

  1. Alicia Sanchez-Mazas,
  2. Estella S Poloni

Published Online: 15 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020800



How to Cite

Sanchez-Mazas, A. and Poloni, E. S. 2008. Genetic Diversity in Africa. eLS. .

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  1. University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2008


Africa exhibits a high level of human genetic variation, the origin of which is still not fully understood. However, the results brought by the study of several independent genetic polymorphisms in relation to other disciplines indicate that this continent has undergone major population movements possibly linked to the diffusion of the main linguistic phyla.


  • human genetic diversity;
  • Africa;
  • classical polymorphisms;
  • mtDNA;
  • Y-chromosome;
  • GM