Human Genetics

, Volume 106, Issue 4, pp 453–454

Multiple origins of Tibetan Y chromosomes

  • Yaping Qian
  • Binzhi Qian
  • Bing Su
  • Jiankun Yu
  • Yuehai Ke
  • Zhengtao Chu
  • Lei Shi
  • Daru Lu
  • Jiayou Chu
  • Li Jin
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DOI: 10.1007/s004390000259

Cite this article as:
Qian, Y., Qian, B., Su, B. et al. Hum Genet (2000) 106: 453. doi:10.1007/s004390000259

Abstract.

The genetic origin of Tibetans was investigated using Y chromosome markers. A total of three populations were studied, two from central Tibet speaking central Tibetan and one from Yunnan speaking Kham. Two dominant paternal lineages (>80%) were identified in all three populations with one possibly from central Asia (YAP+) and the other from east Asia (M122C). We conclude that Tibetan Y chromosomes may have been derived from two different gene pools, given the virtual absence of M122C in central Asia and YAP+ in east Asia, with drift an unlikely mechanism accounting for these observations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yaping Qian
    • 1
  • Binzhi Qian
    • 1
  • Bing Su
    • 3
  • Jiankun Yu
    • 1
  • Yuehai Ke
    • 3
  • Zhengtao Chu
    • 1
  • Lei Shi
    • 1
  • Daru Lu
    • 2
  • Jiayou Chu
    • 1
  • Li Jin
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Medical Biology, The Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Kunming, Yunnan, China
  2. 2.Institute of Genetics and Morgan-Tan International Center for Life Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  3. 3.Human Genetics Center, University of Texas Houston, 6901 Bertner, Houston, Texas, 77030, U.S.A.