Analysis of the South Australian Aboriginal population using the Global AIMs Nano ancestry test

Catherine Hopkins, Duncan Taylor, Kelly Hill, Julianne Henry

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We investigate the ability of the 31 SNP loci in the Global AIMs Nano set to distinguish self-declared Australian Aboriginal individuals from European, Oceanic, African, Native American and East Asian populations. Human evolution suggests that Australian Aboriginal individuals came to Australia approximately 50 000 years ago, during the time it made up part of Sahul. Since then the colonisation of Australia by Europeans has meant significant admixture within the Australian Aboriginal population. These two events present themselves in our study with the Aboriginal population creating a continuous genetic cline between the Oceanic and European groups. We also assigned the Aboriginal individuals into their traditional regional groups to determine whether there was any ability to distinguish these from each other. We found similar results to studies using other markers, namely that the more remote regions (that have been less affected by admixture) diverged from the rest. Overall, we found the ability of the GNano system to differentiate self-declared Australian Aboriginal individuals was reasonable but had limitations that need to be recognised if these assignments are applied to unknown individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-41
Number of pages8
JournalForensic Science International: Genetics
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • Ancestry informative markers
  • Australian Aboriginal
  • Global AIMs Nano
  • SNP profile


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