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African link of Indian Siddis established

09 July 2011

HYDERABAD:

Indian and foreign researchers have established the African link of Indian Siddis, mainly found in Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, and traced their ancestry to Bantu speakers among sub-Saharan Africa.

Siddis are a tribal population and historically known to have been brought to India by Portuguese traders about 300-500 years ago.

The traders sold them to nawabs and sultans of India to serve as soldiers and slaves. With little knowledge about their precise ancestral origins, a genome-wide survey was performed to understand the population history of the Siddis.

Detailed study

In the study led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in association with seven other institutions, including the Harvard Medical School, Boston USA, it was found that the Siddi population had 70 per cent African genetic pool, and 30 per cent of Indians and Europeans….

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2212561.ece

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Written by csirindia

July 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Posted in CCMB

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