Irish fair skin traced to India / Middle East – IrishCentral.com

The mutation, called A111T, is found in virtually everyone of European ancestry.A111T is also found in populations in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent, but not in high numbers in Africans.All individuals from the Middle East, North Africa, East Africa and South India who carry the A111T mutation share traces of the ancestral genetic code. According to the researchers, this indicates that all existing instances of this mutation originate from the same person.The pattern of people with this lighter skin color mutation suggests that the A111T mutation occurred somewhere between the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.‘This means that Middle Easterners and South Indians, which includes most inhabitants of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, share significant ancestry,’ Professor Cheng said.Professor Cheng now plans to look at more genetic samples to better understand what role genes play in East Asian skin color. Perhaps he will take a look into where Irish redheads come from after this.

via Irish fair skin can be traced to India and the Middle East – IrishCentral.com.

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