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Brief Communication


We have determined the nature and extent of variation at 4 STR loci (CSF1P0, TP OX, TH01, VWA) in 8 caste and tribal population groups of eastern and northern India. Large differences in allele frequencies among the groups were found. Average heterozygosities in all populations were high («*80%). The overall extent of gene differentiation among the 8 groups was high (GST = 0.04). The nature of genomic affinities based on these 4 STR loci does not completely agree with our earlier finding based on classical genetic markers that geographic proximity of habitat has a greater influence on genetic similarity between populations than sociocultural proximity does.