Variation of multilocus minisatellite DNA fingerprints in avian populations

Alexander Papangelou, Michael Ham, Michael M. Miyamoto

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In recent years, multilocus minisatellite DNA fingerprinting has remained a primary genetic technique for the quantification of nuclear DNA variation in avian populations. After surveying the literature for use of this technique in birds, frequency distributions of average band-sharing differences among individuals were generated for outbreeding populations across species. In these populations, unrelated individuals differed by about 75% of their bands, whereas 1st-order relatives varied by approximately 40%. The latter value approximated those for populations of other species with known or suspected histories of strong inbreeding and/or genetic drift. Our frequency distributions for unrelated and related individuals of outbreeding species from many different orders establish a baseline against which the band-sharing counts of other avian populations can be evaluated for the potential effects of inbreeding and drift.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-168
Number of pages8
JournalZoological Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 1998


  • Birds
  • DNA fingerprinting
  • Multilocus minisatellite variation
  • Population structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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