Maasai in Kinyawa, Kenya [MKK]

Available Samples Family Relationships
Cell Cultures: 205
DNA: 205
 Trios:  30
 Parent-Child Duos:  1
 Unrelated Individuals:  113

Population Description

These cell lines and DNA samples were prepared from blood samples collected in Kinyawa, Kenya from individuals who identified themselves as having four Maasai grandparents.

Referring to Populations

The Maasai are classified as a Nilotic population and speak Maa, a Nilo-Saharan language. It is important to include a reference to "Kinyawa, 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 Maasai 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 Maasai in Kinyawa, Kenya. The shorthand label is Maasai and the abbreviation is MKK.

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 Maasai 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 Investigator for Community Engagement and Sample Collection 

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