Indians Unite! Genomics as a Tool for Communal Harmony

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A year ago, human genome researchers at Pennsylvania State University, announced their discovery of the “race gene,” much to my disappointment. Now, there may be a socially useful aspect of racial genomics. A team from the Keck School of Medicine at USC, looking to map genetic variations among geographically and linguistically distinct Indian populations has found overwhelming genetic coherence, not disparity. Said the researchers, “We find that populations from India, and populations from South Asia more generally, constitute one of the major human subgroups with increased similarity of genetic ancestry.”

All Indians appear to have essentially the same genetic make-up.

This may not be big news for those with two good eyes in their heads. But in a land where casteism and communal disharmony tear at the social fabric, any reminder of Indian unity is significant.

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1 Response to “Indians Unite! Genomics as a Tool for Communal Harmony”


  1. 1 JV 13 January 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Good find. Indeed, it is true, scientiically or otherwise , India is united in more way then one. But these stupid politician making boundries to for their own sake. But now Indian understand the tricks of politician and giving cold shoulder to them.


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