Unique characteristics of the Ainu population in Northern Japan

  title={Unique characteristics of the Ainu population in Northern Japan},
  author={T. Jinam and Hideaki Kanzawa-Kiriyama and I. Inoue and K. Tokunaga and K. Omoto and N. Saitou},
  journal={Journal of Human Genetics},
  • T. Jinam, Hideaki Kanzawa-Kiriyama, +3 authors N. Saitou
  • Published 2015
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Human Genetics
  • Various genetic data (classic markers, mitochondrial DNAs, Y chromosomes and genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)) have confirmed the coexistence of three major human populations on the Japanese Archipelago: Ainu in Hokkaido, Ryukyuans in the Southern Islands and Mainland Japanese. We compared genome-wide SNP data of the Ainu, Ryukyuans and Mainland Japanese, and found the following results: (1) the Ainu are genetically different from Mainland Japanese living in Tohoku, the… CONTINUE READING
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