Yaghnobis inhabit a peculiar geographic area in Tajikistan, along the Yaghnob valley (2200-2800 metres above sea-level), which features a unique heritage, with defined linguistic, cultural, environmental and historical characters. The Yaghnobi people constitute a linguistic minority and they live in relative, geographical isolation. Preliminary results of mitochondrial DNA (HVR1) showed a reduced genetic variability, with low number of haplotypes and low haplotype diversity. Pairwise Fst comparisons indicate that Yaghnobis are more similar to Kurds and to Iranians. We obtained a Multidimensional Scaling (MDS) plot based on the pairwise Fst values, where Yaghnobis occupy a peripheral position, distant from all other populations, demonstrating that they are not close to the other groups examined.

A contribution to the genetic history of Yaghnobis of Tajikistan through mitochondrial DNA analysis.

CILLI, ELISABETTA;DE FANTI, SARA;PANAINO, ANTONIO CLEMENTE DOMENICO;GRUPPIONI, GIORGIO
2013

Abstract

Yaghnobis inhabit a peculiar geographic area in Tajikistan, along the Yaghnob valley (2200-2800 metres above sea-level), which features a unique heritage, with defined linguistic, cultural, environmental and historical characters. The Yaghnobi people constitute a linguistic minority and they live in relative, geographical isolation. Preliminary results of mitochondrial DNA (HVR1) showed a reduced genetic variability, with low number of haplotypes and low haplotype diversity. Pairwise Fst comparisons indicate that Yaghnobis are more similar to Kurds and to Iranians. We obtained a Multidimensional Scaling (MDS) plot based on the pairwise Fst values, where Yaghnobis occupy a peripheral position, distant from all other populations, demonstrating that they are not close to the other groups examined.
Yagnobi Studies I. Papers from the Italian Missions in Tajikistan
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Cilli E.; De Fanti S.; Delaini P.; Panaino A.; Gruppioni G.
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