This study examined the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region variation in Middle Eastern populations (610 individuals from Lebanon, Jordan and the Kingdom of Bahrain) for which population data are scarce.
FST comparison among populations revealed that there are significant differences in mtDNA distributions between Bahrain and the two other populations; however, Lebanon and Jordan showed no significant differences. This was also reflected by the distribution of the observed lineages that differed prominently between Bahrain and the other two investigated populations. Jordan and Lebanon fit the hitherto known genetic results of the Levant population. Data are available via EMPOP (https://empop.online) and GenBank. (publisher abstract modified)
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