Mitochondrial DNA control region variation in Lebanon, Jordan, and Bahrain

Bettina Zimmermann, Kimberly Sturk-Andreaggi, Nicole Huber, Catarina Xavier, Jessica Saunier, Mohammad Tahir, Eliane Chouery, Nadine Jalkh, A. Megarbane, Martin Bodner, Michael Coble, Jodi Irwin, Thomas Parsons, Walther Parson

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This study investigated the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region variation in Middle Eastern populations (610 individuals from Lebanon, Jordan and the Kingdom of Bahrain) for which population data are scarce. FST comparison among populations revealed that there are significant differences in mtDNA distributions between Bahrain and the two other populations, while Lebanon and Jordan showed no significant differences. This was also reflected by the distribution of the observed lineages that differed prominently between Bahrain and the other two investigated populations. Jordan and Lebanon fit the hitherto known genetic results of the Levant population. Data are available via EMPOP ( and GenBank.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-102
Number of pages4
JournalForensic Science International: Genetics
StatePublished - Sep 2019


  • Forensic science
  • Haplogroups
  • Middle East
  • Phylogeny
  • mtDNA control region


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