Luhya in Webuye, Kenya [LWK]

Available Samples Family Relationships
Cell Cultures: 122
DNA: 122
DNA Sample Panel: HAPMAPV12

 Unrelated Individuals:  122 



Shared Samples

The International HapMap Collection shares some samples with the 1000 Genomes Project. Please click here to view Luhya samples that are also part of the 1000 Genomes Project.

Population Description

These cell lines and DNA samples were prepared from blood samples collected in Webuye Division, Bungoma District, Kenya. All of the samples are from unrelated individuals who identified themselves as having four Luhya grandparents.

Referring to Populations

The Luhya are classified as a Niger-Congo population and are Bantu-speaking. It is important to include a reference to "Webuye, Kenya" when describing the source of these samples. Including the name of the locality and the country where these samples were collected reinforces the point that the sample set, while not genetically atypical, does not necessarily represent all Luhya people, whose population history is complex. The population should not be described merely as "African", "Sub-Saharan African", "East African", or "Kenyan", since each of those designators encompasses many populations with many different geographic ancestries.

The full population descriptor is Luhya in Webuye, Kenya. The shorthand label is Luhya and the abbreviation is LWK.

It may be scientifically appropriate to pool data from these samples with data from other ancestrally related groups, when the data show that the groups have similar allele frequencies. If the groups all have African ancestry, the designation "African ancestry" (abbreviation: AFA) to describe the combined analysis panel is recommended. If only groups very closely related to the Luhya have similar allele frequencies, then another abbreviation may need to be used.

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 for Community Engagement and Sample Collection 

  • Charles Rotimi -Howard University, Washington, DC 
  • Duncan Ngare -Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya