On-line first: New insights into ancestry and health of Polynesians and New Zealand Māori

On-line first: New insights into ancestry and health of Polynesians and New Zealand Māori

by Geoffrey K. Chambers, Hisham A. Edinur, and Paul P.J. Dunn

The authors previous genetic surveys of human genomes have demonstrated abundant genetic variation in New Zealanders. These now include extensive
new work on immune system genes. They have produced a comprehensive reference set of genotypes for clinically relevant antigens in transplantation and transfusion medicine in Māori and Polynesians.  This paper sets these data in context and highlights allelic variations and their implications for ancestry and health.

The authors hoped that this information may help to resolve some of the present inequalities in Māori and Pacific health status.

NZSR vol 73(1) pp 3-10

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