Genetic Study on Lakshadweep Island's Natives have been carried out for the first time | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2019

Genetic Study on Lakshadweep Island’s Natives have been carried out for the first time

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The scientists for the very first time have carried out genetic study on people of lakshadweep Islands as a strong genetic link has been found between the islanders of Lakshdweep and the inhabitans of the Maldives, Sri Lanka and India, with minor influences from East and West Eurasia.
It was conducted by a team of researchers at CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) and CCMB ( Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology)

Analysis of DNA samples of 557 individuals from eight major islands for mitochondrial DNA and 166 individuals for Y chromosome markers was done.
The authors studied the major islands of Agatti, Andorth, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kiltan and Minicoy of Lakshadweep and displayed a close genetic link of Lakshadweep
islanders with people from Maldives, Sri Lanka and India.But despite that no evidence of early human migration through Lakshdweep islands have been found.

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