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identix, a software to test for relatedness in a population using permutation methods

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  • Khalid Belkhir,

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    1. Laboratoire Génome, Populations, Interactions, CNRS UMR 5000, Université Montpellier II, Case Courrier 63, Place E. Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier CEDEX 5 France, Département de biologie, Université Laval, Ste-Foy, Québec, Canada, G1K 7P4
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  • Vincent Castric,

    1. Laboratoire Génome, Populations, Interactions, CNRS UMR 5000, Université Montpellier II, Case Courrier 63, Place E. Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier CEDEX 5 France, Département de biologie, Université Laval, Ste-Foy, Québec, Canada, G1K 7P4
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  • François Bonhomme

    1. Laboratoire Génome, Populations, Interactions, CNRS UMR 5000, Université Montpellier II, Case Courrier 63, Place E. Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier CEDEX 5 France, Département de biologie, Université Laval, Ste-Foy, Québec, Canada, G1K 7P4
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Khalid Belkhir. Fax: 04 67 14 45 54; E-mail: belkhir@Univ-montp2.fr

Abstract

The computer program identix estimates relatedness in natural populations using multilocus genotypic data. Queller & Goodnight's (1989) and Lynch & Ritland's (1999) estimators of pairwise relatedness are implemented, as well as the identity index of Mathieu et al. (1990). Estimates of the confidence intervals around these pairwise values are also provided. The null hypothesis of no relatedness (multilocus genotypes are independent draws from a panmictic population) is tested using a permutation method that compares the observed distribution of the moments of pairwise relatedness coefficients to that expected in unstructured population.

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