RT Journal Article
SR Electronic
T1 The Relationship Between Haplotype-Based *F*_{ST} and Haplotype Length
JF Genetics
JO Genetics
FD Genetics Society of America
SP 281
OP 295
DO 10.1534/genetics.119.302430
VO 213
IS 1
A1 Mehta, Rohan S.
A1 Feder, Alison F.
A1 Boca, Simina M.
A1 Rosenberg, Noah A.
YR 2019
UL http://www.genetics.org/content/213/1/281.abstract
AB The population-genetic statistic is used widely to describe allele frequency distributions in subdivided populations. The increasing availability of DNA sequence data has recently enabled computations of from sequence-based “haplotype loci.” At the same time, theoretical work has revealed that has a strong dependence on the underlying genetic diversity of a locus from which it is computed, with high diversity constraining values of to be low. In the case of haplotype loci, for which two haplotypes that are distinct over a specified length along a chromosome are treated as distinct alleles, genetic diversity is influenced by haplotype length: longer haplotype loci have the potential for greater genetic diversity. Here, we study the dependence of on haplotype length. Using a model in which a haplotype locus is sequentially incremented by one biallelic locus at a time, we show that increasing the length of the haplotype locus can either increase or decrease the value of , and usually decreases it. We compute on haplotype loci in human populations, finding a close correspondence between the observed values and our theoretical predictions. We conclude that effects of haplotype length are valuable to consider when interpreting calculated on haplotypic data.