Gambian in Western Division – Mandinka [GWD]

Available Samples Family Relationships
Cell Cultures: 179
DNA: 179
DNA Sample Panel: MGP00019
 Trios:  59
 Parent-Child Duos:  1


Population Description

These cell lines and DNA samples were prepared from blood samples collected from people living in the Western District of Gambia from individuals who identified themselves as Mandinka. All parents in the trios identified themselves as having Mandinka parents of at least two generations.

Referring to Populations

It is important to refer to this community as “Gambian in Western Division – Mandinka” when describing these samples in articles or presentations. Including the full name reinforces the point that the sample set does not represent all Mandinka people or all Gambian people, whose population history is complex. The population should not be described merely as “African”, “Sub-Saharan African”, “West African”, or “Gambian”, since each of those designators encompasses many communities.

The full population descriptor is Gambian in Western Division – Mandinka and the abbreviation is GWD.

Additional guidance about how to refer to the populations can be found at Guidelines for Referring to the Populations in Publications and Presentations.

Principal Investigators

  • Muminatou Jallow, Fatoumatta Sisay Joof, Tumani Corrah, Kirk Rockett, and Dominic Kwiatkowski 
  • Medical Research Council Unit
  • The Gambia and the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK