Puerto Rican in Puerto Rico [PUR]

Available Samples Family Relationships
Cell Cultures: 139
DNA: 139
DNA Sample Panel: MGP00004
 Trios:  35
 Unrelated Individuals:  34


Population Description

These cell lines and DNA samples were prepared from blood samples collected from people living throughout Puerto Rico. A majority of the samples are from parent-adult child trios. At least six of the eight great-grandparents of the child in the trio were Puerto Ricans. Because half of all Puerto Ricans live in different localities in the United States and there is constant migration back and forth between the U.S. and Puerto Rico, for purposes of this sample collection, trios were regarded as Puerto Rican based exclusively on the place of birth of the child’s great-grandparents. None of the Puerto Rico municipalities were excluded from the sampling; Puerto Rico is an archipelago; inhabitants from the various islands were included in the sampling. 

Referring to Populations

It is important to refer to this community as "Puerto Rican in Puerto Rico" when describing these samples in articles or presentations.. These samples should not be referred to as “Hispanic” or “Latino” since these are cultural designators, encompassing diverse communities.

The full population descriptor is Puerto Rican in Puerto Rico and the abbreviation is PUR.

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 

  • Julie Dutil - Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Juan Carlos Martínez-Cruzado - University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 
  • Taras K. Oleksyk - University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico


  1. Ruaño G, Duconge J, Windemuth A et al. (2009) Physiogenomic analysis of the Puerto Rican population.Pharmacogenomics10(4): 565-77.
  2. Choudhry S, Burchard EG, Borrell LN et al. (2006) Ancestry-environment interactions and asthma risk among Puerto Ricans. Am J Respir Crit Care Med174(10): 1088-93.