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    Scientists Find Link Between Indian Caste Rank And Genetic Similarity To Europeans

    In India, members of higher ranking castes are genetically more similar to Europeans, while lower castes are more similar to Asians, according to a study published in this month’s issue of Genome Research.

    The study is from an international team led by Michael Bamshad (University of Utah) and is the most comprehensive attempt so far to explore the impact of ancient Western migrations on people in India.

    The origins of people living in India are under debate. Some 5000 years ago, Indo-European speaking people from West Eurasia entered India and purportedly mixed with native proto-Asian populations in the region. Historians believe these West Eurasian immigrants established the present Hindu caste system, while appointing themselves to higher rank castes.

    In this scenario, members of higher rank castes should exhibit a closer genetic relationship to Europeans than lower rank castes, given the taboos prohibiting intercaste marriages. However, previous genetic studies with a limited focus have not produced a consensus on Indian origins. The present study compares maternally inherited DNA variations, paternally inherited variations, and bi-parentally inherited variations between 265 Indian males of different castes and 750 African, European, Asian, and other Indian males. The detailed comparison revealed that genetic similarities between Indians and Europeans tend to increase with caste rank.

    Intriguingly, the scientists found different trends when comparing maternally inherited (mitochondrial) variations and paternally inherited (Y chromosome) variations. Maternally inherited DNA in Indian populations was overall more similar to Asians than to Europeans, though similarity to Europeans increased with rank. Paternally inherited DNA, on the other hand, was overall more similar to Europeans than to Asians. These results support the notion that the West Eurasian immigrants mixing with native populations were mostly male, and that they tended to insert themselves into high ranking positions in the developing Hindu Indian caste system.

    This story has been adapted from a news release issued by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.



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    Post Re: Scientists Find Link Between Indian Caste Rank And Genetic Similarity To Europeans

    I recently read another article here on Skadi that mentioned how some Indians vehemently deny the veracity of this theory regarding Aryan movement into India, claiming otherwise so as to - it would seem - preserve their individuality and eliminate the question of outside influence in the development of their culture.
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    Interesting... would not have thought that. Yes, interesting, but could give rise to presumptions from some WNs.

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    Supports the historical account, but rather a small sample, isn't it?

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    Re: Scientists Find Link Between Indian Caste Rank And Genetic Similarity To European

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenris View Post
    I recently read another article here on Skadi that mentioned how some Indians vehemently deny the veracity of this theory regarding Aryan movement into India, claiming otherwise so as to - it would seem - preserve their individuality and eliminate the question of outside influence in the development of their culture.

    which is called the 'out of india' theory
    look for it @ wikipedia

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