Gene differentiation among the dhangar caste-cluster of maharashtra, india

K. C. Malhotra, R. Chakraborty, A. Chakravarti

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Abstract

Genetic differentiation among the 22 Dhangar castes of Maharashtra, India, is studied using data on several polymorphic serological and biochemical loci employing Nei’s distance measures. The intercaste genetic distances and the coefficient of gene diversity among these caste groups are found to be rather small. The relationship between gene identity and geographic distance is also studied empirically from the gene frequency data. All these analyses indicate that genetic differentiation among the Dhangar castes is at its very early stage only. It is also suggested that these caste groups probably originated from a common stock and are in the process of differentiation by fission with very little intercaste migration in the recent past.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-36
Number of pages11
JournalHuman Heredity
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978

Keywords

  • Gene diversity
  • Indian population
  • Intercaste distance
  • Maharashtra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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