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Author(s): Behar, DM
Metspalu, E
Kivisild, T
Achilli, A
Hadid, Y
Tzur, S
Pereira, L
Amorim, A
Quintana-Murci, L
Majamaa, K
Herrnstadt, C
Howell, N
Balanovsky, O
Kutuev, I
Pshenichnov, A
Gurwitz, D
Bonne-Tamir, B
Torroni, A
Villems, R
Skorecki, K
Title: The Matrilineal Ancestry of Ashkenazi Jewry: Portrait of a Recent Founder Event
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: Both the extent and location of the maternal ancestral deme from which the Ashkenazi Jewry arose remain obscure. Here, using complete sequences of the maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), we show that close to one-half of Ashkenazi Jews, estimated at 8,000,000 people, can be traced back to only 4 women carrying distinct mtDNAs that are virtually absent in other populations, with the important exception of low frequencies among non-Ashkenazi Jews. We conclude that four founding mtDNAs, likely of Near Eastern ancestry, underwent major expansion(s) in Europe within the past millennium.
Subject: Base Sequence
DNA Mitochondrial/genetics
Female
Founder Effect
Humans
Jews/classification
Jews/ethnology
Jews/genetics
Male
Molecular Sequence Data
Phylogeny
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10216/109578
Source: American Journal of Human Genetics, vol. 78(3), p. 487-97
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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