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Study of Several Gene Frequencies in Yugoslav Population

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RECENT years have witnessed a rather rapid development of the population genetics of certain hereditary characters in man. Its findings are based mostly on the analyses of material obtained from voluntary blood donors1–3. This method of collecting research material has numerous advantages, but also several marked disadvantages. For example, data on the frequency of hereditary characters are mostly limited to the antigen properties of red blood cells2. The value of work in population genetics increases with the number of analysed genes from a certain population sample. Some of the genes being factors of marked polymorphism in man, their frequency can lead us to remote ancestors, and genes can serve as markers in the study of linkage in the chromosomes in man, where the need for just such markers is felt most acutely4.

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    • PETAR GRÜNWALD
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