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Genetic characterization of the Southern Berber Population of Souss (Morocco)
Genetic characterization of the Berber-speaking population of Souss (Morocco) based on autosomal STRs

The Souss, located in southern Morocco, is one of the oldest areas of human settlement in North Africa. Despite this historical relevance, the Souss has not received sufficient attention in terms of population genetic studies.


A total of 210 alleles were detected with corresponding allele frequencies ranging from 0.003 to 0.367. The most polymorphic locus was D18S51 with 23 alleles which was also the most discriminating locus as expected. The phylogenetic analysis clustered the Souss closer to the Azrou and southern Moroccan populations. The population comparison showed affinity between the Souss and most North African populations, as well as with Middle Easterners and Europeans.


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Data Availability Statement
All relevant data are within the paper and its Supporting Information files. Additional data are available on Figshare (http://figshare.com/articles/Zenata_genotypes/1534498).

Genotypes from 20 Zenata (Algerians from Timimoun) samples. Genotyping was performed with Affymetrix 6.0 platform. The data is not filtered.

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