Y chromosome evidence for a founder effect in Ashkenazi Jews

  title={Y chromosome evidence for a founder effect in Ashkenazi Jews},
  author={Almut Nebel and Dvora Filon and Marina Faerman and Himla Soodyall and Ariella Oppenheim},
  journal={European Journal of Human Genetics},
Recent genetic studies, based on Y chromosome polymorphic markers, showed that Ashkenazi Jews are more closely related to other Jewish and Middle Eastern groups than to their host populations in Europe. However, Ashkenazim have an elevated frequency of R-M17, the dominant Y chromosome haplogroup in Eastern Europeans, suggesting possible gene flow. In the present study of 495 Y chromosomes of Ashkenazim, 57 (11.5%) were found to belong to R-M17. Detailed analyses of haplotype structure… 

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