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Y-Chromosome and mtDNA Genetics Reveal Significant Contrasts in Affinities of Modern Middle Eastern Populations with European and African Populations

  • Danielle A. Badro,

    Affiliation: The Lebanese American University, Chouran, Beirut, Lebanon

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  • Bouchra Douaihy equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Bouchra Douaihy, Marc Haber

    Affiliation: The Lebanese American University, Chouran, Beirut, Lebanon

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  • Marc Haber equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Bouchra Douaihy, Marc Haber

    Affiliations: The Lebanese American University, Chouran, Beirut, Lebanon, Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF), Departament de Ciències de la Salut i de la Vida, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Sonia C. Youhanna,

    Affiliation: The Lebanese American University, Chouran, Beirut, Lebanon

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  • Angélique Salloum,

    Affiliation: The Lebanese American University, Chouran, Beirut, Lebanon

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  • Michella Ghassibe-Sabbagh,

    Affiliation: The Lebanese American University, Chouran, Beirut, Lebanon

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  • Brian Johnsrud,

    Affiliation: Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America

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  • Georges Khazen,

    Affiliation: The Lebanese American University, Chouran, Beirut, Lebanon

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  • Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith,

    Affiliation: Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

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  • David F. Soria-Hernanz,

    Affiliations: Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF), Departament de Ciències de la Salut i de la Vida, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, The Genographic Project, National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, United States of America

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  • R. Spencer Wells,

    Affiliation: The Genographic Project, National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, United States of America

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  • Chris Tyler-Smith,

    Affiliation: The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, United Kingdom

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  • Daniel E. Platt,

    Affiliation: Computational Biology Centre, IBM TJ Watson Research Centre, Yorktown Heights, New York, United States of America

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  • Pierre A. Zalloua mail,

    pierre.zalloua@lau.edu.lb

    Affiliations: The Lebanese American University, Chouran, Beirut, Lebanon, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • The Genographic Consortium

    Membership of the The Genographic Consortium is provided in the Acknowledgments section.

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  • Published: January 30, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054616

About the Authors

Danielle A. Badro, Bouchra Douaihy, Marc Haber, Sonia C. Youhanna, Angélique Salloum, Michella Ghassibe-Sabbagh, Georges Khazen, Pierre A. Zalloua
The Lebanese American University, Chouran, Beirut, Lebanon
Marc Haber, David F. Soria-Hernanz
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF), Departament de Ciències de la Salut i de la Vida, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Brian Johnsrud
Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America
Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith
Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
David F. Soria-Hernanz, R. Spencer Wells
The Genographic Project, National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, United States of America
Chris Tyler-Smith
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, United Kingdom
Daniel E. Platt
Computational Biology Centre, IBM TJ Watson Research Centre, Yorktown Heights, New York, United States of America
Pierre A. Zalloua
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: pierre.zalloua@lau.edu.lb

Competing Interests

IBM has no marketed products associated with the contents of this paper. IBM has no income derived from contracts related to consultancy or capital or intellectual assets in this research. The affiliation of an author (DP) with IBM does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: PZ CTS RSW EMS. Performed the experiments: DB BD SY AS. Analyzed the data: DP MH DSH GK. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: BJ MGS. Wrote the paper: PZ DP DB.