Friday, December 22, 2006

Brownology   posted by Razib @ 12/22/2006 12:15:00 AM

Low Levels of Genetic Divergence across Geographically and Linguistically Diverse Populations from India:
The authors performed an extensive investigation of Indian genetic diversity and population relationships, sampling 15 groups of India-born immigrants to the United States and genotyping each individual at 1,200 genetic markers genome-wide. Populations from India, and groups from South Asia more generally, form a genetic cluster, so that individuals placed within this cluster are more genetically similar to each other than to individuals outside the cluster. However, the amount of genetic differentiation among Indian populations is relatively small. The authors conclude that genetic variation in India is distinctive with respect to the rest of the world, but that the level of genetic divergence is smaller in Indians than might be expected for such a geographically and linguistically diverse group.

Update: Genetic Evidence on the Origins of Indian Caste Populations (from 2001, Bamshad et. al). Control-f "Alu."