1 Section of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 RI ledelse, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet3 Department of Forensic Molecular Biology, Erasmus MC University Medical Centre Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Office of the Chief Forensic Scientist, Victoria Police Forensic Services Department, Macleod, Australia.4 unknown5 RI ledelse, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet6 Section of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet
Relevant for various areas of human genetics, Y-chromosomal STRs (Y-STRs) are commonly used for testing close paternal relationships amongst individuals and populations, and for male lineage identification. However, even the widely used 17-loci Yfiler set cannot resolve individuals and populations completely. Here, 52 centers generated quality-controlled data of 13 rapidly-mutating (RM) Y-STRs in 14,644 related and unrelated males from 111 worldwide populations. Strikingly, >99% of the 12,272 unrelated males were completely individualized. Haplotype diversity was extremely high (global: 0.9999985, regional: 0.99919-0.9999988). Haplotype sharing between populations was almost absent except for six (0.05%) of the 12,156 haplotypes. Haplotype sharing within populations was generally rare (0.8% non-unique haplotypes), significantly lower in urban (0.9%) than rural (2.1%) and highest in endogamous groups (14.3%). AMOVA revealed 99.98% of variation within populations, 0.018% among populations within groups, and 0.002% among groups. Of the 2,372 newly and 156 previously typed male relative pairs, 29% were differentiated including 27% of the 2,378 fathers/son pairs. Relative to Yfiler, haplotype diversity was increased in 86% of the populations tested and overall male relative differentiation was raised by 23.5%. Our study demonstrates the value of RM Y-STRs in identifying and separating unrelated and related males and provides a reference database. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.