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Title: Population structure in the Mediterranean basin : a Y chromosome perspective
Authors: Capelli, Cristian
Redhead, Nicola
Romano, Valentino
Cali, Francesco
Lefranc, Gerard
Delague, Valerie Rie
Megarbane, Andre
Felice, Alex E.
Pascali, Vincenzo L.
Neyophytou, Pavlos
Poulli, Z.
Novelletto, Andrea
Malaspina, Patrizia
Terrenato, L.
Berebbi, Alain
Fellous, Marc
Thomas, Mark
Goldstein, David B.
Keywords: Human chromosomes -- Mediterranean Region
Y chromosome
Population genetics -- Mediterranean Region
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Wiley & Sons
Citation: Capelli, C., Redhead, N., Romano, V., Cali, F., Lefranc, G., Delague, V.,...Goldstein, D. B. (2006). Population structure in the Mediterranean basin: a Y chromosome perspective. Annals of Human Genetics, 70(2), 207-225.
Abstract: The Mediterranean region has been characterised by a number of pre-historical and historical demographic events whose legacy on the current genetic landscape is still a matter of debate. In order to investigate the degree of population structure across the Mediterranean, we have investigated Y chromosome variation in a large dataset of Mediterranean populations, 11 of which are first described here. Our analyses identify four main clusters in the Mediterranean that can be labelled as North Africa, Arab, Central-East andWest Mediterranean. In particular, Near Eastern samples tend to separate according to the presence of Arab Y chromosome lineages, suggesting that the Arab expansion played a major role in shaping the current genetic structuring within the Fertile Crescent.
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