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February 12, 2004

On Iraq

Figured I'd give you a link to something a bit different about Iraq. The paper (it is PDF-here is the html version) is titled Y-chromosome & mtDNA polymorphisms in Iraq..... The low-down: Iraqis are more similar to Levantines and populations to their north (Anatolians) than the Arabs to their south (though they are related to them as well). The M17 marker mentioned earlier that might be indicative of Indo-Europeans shows about at a 6.5% frequency among men sampled (about the same as western Iran). The very small samples of Kurds & Assyrians showed no stark differences from the Muslim Arabs.

Posted by razib at 03:02 PM