Table 1

Characteristics of the Indian and Iranian population samples whose mtDNA variation has been determined in the course of this study.

INDIA

State / Region

Socio-cultural affiliation

Linguistic affiliation

Population

Code

n

N


West Bengal

Caste

Indo-European

Mixed caste people

Ben

50

80 Million

Uttar Pradesh

Tribe

Indo-European

Bhoksa

Bho

5

32,000

Kerala

Caste

Indo-European

Mixed caste people from Cochin

Co

55

600,000

Kerala

-a

Indo-European

Cochin Jews

CoJ

45

5,000

(in Israel)

Gujarat

Caste

Indo-European

Mixed caste people

Guj

53

50 Million

Himachal

Tribe

Tibeto-Burman

Kanet

Kan

37

33,000

Maharashtra

Caste

Indo-European

Konkanastha Brahmin

Kon

58

N/A

West Bengal

Caste

Indo-European

Kurmi

Kur

55

N/A

West Bengal

Tribe

Austro-Asiatic

Lodha

Lod

56

59,000

Sri Lanka

Caste

Dravidic

Moor

Mo

50

3.4 Million

Maharashtra

-a

Indo-European

Parsi

Par

55

76,000

Punjab

Caste

Indo-European

Mixed caste people

Pun

109

24 Million

Rajasthan

Caste

Indo-European

Rajput

Raj

35

5 Million

(in Rajasthan)

Sri Lanka

Caste

Indo-European

Sinhalese

Sin

82

14.6 Million

Uttar Pradesh

Tribe

Indo-European

Tharu

Tha

26

96,000

(in India)

Uttar Pradesh

Caste

Indo-European

Uttar Pradesh Brahmin

UPb

25

2.5 Million

total

796

IRAN


northwest

226

southwest

138

northeast

30

southeast

6

central

36

total

Indo-European

Iranian

IR

436

ca. 68 Million


a For some analyzes these populations where grouped with the caste populations. (see Table 1 in the Supplementary Material for the complete set of studied populations including those whose mtDNA variation was previously published)

Metspalu et al. BMC Genetics 2004 5:26   doi:10.1186/1471-2156-5-26

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