Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2006

Journal or Book Title

Molecular Ecology Notes

Volume

6

First Page

951

Last Page

957

DOI

10.1111/j.1471-8286.2006.01449.x

Abstract

Microsatellite data are widely used to test ecological and evolutionary hypotheses in wild populations. In this paper, we consider three typical sources of scoring errors capable of biasing biological conclusions: stuttering, large-allele dropout and null alleles. We describe methods to detect errors and propose conventions to mitigate scoring errors and report error rates in studies of wild populations. Finally, we discuss potential bias in ecological or evolutionary conclusions based on data sets containing these scoring errors.

Comments

This article is from Molecular Ecology Notes 6 (2006): 951, doi:10.1111/j.1471-8286.2006.01449.x.

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Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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