Haplotype convergence

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Haplotype convergence is a term used in the study of DNA haplotypes (series of closely related genetic markers) for two haplotypes resembling each other due to chance.


Two haplotypes may contain similar markers for two different reasons: coincidence or common ancestry. By coincidence, random mutations over sufficient time can result in the same or similar markers being present in two haplotypes, as the markers randomly change. This phenomenon is called haplotype convergence. It is less likely to happen if more markers are tested, since that would require less and less likely (multiple) coincidences.[1]

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  1. ^ "Common haplotypes". ancestry.com. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2012.