Journal of Genetics

, Volume 79, Issue 2, pp 41–46

Congruence of genomic and ethnolinguistic affinities among five tribal populations of Madhya Pradesh (India)

  • Namita Mukherjee
  • Mitashree Mitra
  • Madan Chakraborty
  • Partha P. Majumder
Article

Abstract

The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is home to a large number of tribal populations of diverse linguistic and ethnic backgrounds. With a view to examining how well genomic affinities among tribal populations of this state correspond with their ethnic and linguistic affinities, we analysed DNA samples of individuals drawn from five tribes with diverse, but reasonably well-documented, ethnohistorical and linguistic backgrounds. Each DNA sample was scored at 16 biallelic DNA marker loci. On the basis of these data, genomic affinities among these populations were estimated. We have found an extremely good correspondence between the genomic and ethnolinguistic affinities.

Keywords

DNA polymorphism ethnic group language family 

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Namita Mukherjee
    • 1
  • Mitashree Mitra
    • 2
  • Madan Chakraborty
    • 1
  • Partha P. Majumder
    • 1
  1. 1.Anthropology and Human Genetics UnitIndian Statistical InstituteCalcuttaIndia
  2. 2.School of Studies in AnthropologyPandit Ravishankar Shukla UniversityRaipurIndia

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