Multiple origins of Tibetan Y chromosomes

Y Qian, B Qian, B Su, J Yu, Y Ke, Z Chu, L Shi, D Lu, J Chu, L Jin

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The genetic origin of Tibetans was investigated using Y chromosome markers. A total of three populations were studied, two from central Tibet speaking central Tibetan and one from Yunnan speaking Kham. Two dominant paternal lineages (>80%) were identified in all three populations with one possibly from central Asia (YAP+) and the other from east Asia (M122C). We conclude that Tibetan Y chromosomes may have been derived from two different gene pools, given the virtual absence of M122C in central Asia and YAP+ in east Asia, with drift an unlikely mechanism accounting for these observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-4
Number of pages2
JournalHuman Genetics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2000


  • Alu Elements
  • Asia, Central
  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group
  • Biological Evolution
  • China
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • Fathers
  • Gene Pool
  • Genetic Markers
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Tibet
  • Y Chromosome


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