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Russian Journal of Genetics

, Volume 37, Issue 12, pp 1437–1443 | Cite as

Differentiation and Genetic Position of Slavs among Eurasian Ethnic Groups as Inferred from Variation in Mitochondrial DNA

  • B. A. Malyarchuk
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Abstract

The distribution of identical and similar (phylogenetically related) types of hypervariable segment 1 (HVS1) of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) was studied in human populations belonging to three Slavonic groups and nine ethnogeographic groups of Eurasia (total sample size 2772 people). The results testified to a common origin of West, South, and East Slavs and revealed a central place of West Slavs among all Slavonic ethnic groups. Mixing was shown to play a substantial role in the formation of specific features of all three Slavonic gene pools. The mitochondrial gene pools of the Slavonic ethnic groups proved to preserve features suggesting a common ancestor for these and South European populations (especially those of the Balkan Peninsula).

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Ethnic Group Total Sample Human Population Common Ancestor Gene Pool 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. A. Malyarchuk
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of the Biological Problems of the North, Russian Academy of SciencesMagadanRussia

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