Genetic profile of the Açores Archipelago population using the new PowerPlex®16 System Kit

Rute Gomes Velosa, Ana Teresa Fernandes, António Brehm

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Allele and haplotype frequencies of 16 chromosome STR loci, 15 of them included in the Kit PowerPlex16 System from Promega were determined in a sample of unrelated males from the Açores Archipelago. All subjects were subjected to an interview in order to make sure that their ancestors belonged to the same island at least back to three generations. This way we intended to look for possible inter-islands differences. PowerPlex16 includes STRs not studied before in the Açores population. The Kit includes two new allele markers (Penta D and Penta E), which proved to be extremely useful for paternity testing (PD=0.921 and 0.971, respectively). The study revealed that the Açores population is considerable different from the previous studied Madeira population, but does not differ from that of the north Portugal. Nevertheless, some loci presented alleles not previously reported for Portugal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-71
Number of pages4
JournalForensic Science International
Issue number1
Early online date6 Sept 2002
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2002


  • Alleles
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Gene Frequency
  • Genetic Markers
  • Genetics, Population
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Portugal
  • Tandem Repeat Sequences
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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