The Gagauz, a Linguistic Enclave, are not a Genetic Isolate

  title={The Gagauz, a Linguistic Enclave, are not a Genetic Isolate},
  author={I. Nasidze and D. Quinque and I. Udina and S. Kunizheva and M. Stoneking},
  journal={Annals of Human Genetics},
  • I. Nasidze, D. Quinque, +2 authors M. Stoneking
  • Published 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Annals of Human Genetics
  • The Gagauz are a Turkic‐speaking group that migrated from Turkey to their present location in the southern part of the Republic of Moldova about 150 years ago. Surrounded by Indo‐European‐speaking populations, they thus form a linguistic enclave, which raises the following question: to what extent have they remained in genetic isolation from their geographic neighbours? Analyses of mtDNA and Y chromosome variation indicate that despite their linguistic differences, the Gagauz have admixed… CONTINUE READING
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