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CCMB team traces Siddis ancestral link to Africa

09 July 2011

HYDERABAD: The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in a comprehensive genetic study, have discovered the African link to the Indian Siddis (Afro-Indians). The Siddis are mainly found in three states- Gujarat, Karnataka and a few hundred at Masab Tank in Hyderabad of Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking to reporters on the genetic findings on Friday, CCMB director Ch Mohan Rao and group leader Thangaraj said the Siddis have typical African features like dark skin, curly hair and a broad nose. Historically, it is known they were brought by Portuguese traders during the 17th-19th century and sold to Nawabs and Sultans, as soldiers and slaves.  The CCMB team undertook a comprehensive genetic study to address issues like which part of Africa they originated, the likely founder population of the Indian Siddis, mixing with the native Indian populations and the medical and social implications of mixing…..

Read more: http://expressbuzz.com/cities/hyderabad/ccmb-team-traces-siddis-ancestral-link-to-africa/292456.html

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Written by csirindia

July 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Posted in CCMB

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