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The Druze: A Population Genetic Refugium of the Near East

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  • The Druze: A Population Genetic Refugium of the Near East

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info%...l.pone.0002105

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    gatty:

    thanks for the link. I am very interested in the druze because previous studies on Lebanon have shown that Druze there are about 33 percent Y haplogroup L, my own haplogroup.

    It seems that this percentage is much lower among Druze living in Israel, except in Carmel, where they are 27 percent. I wonder if it is just sample or genetic drift at work.

    anyway, the paper is about mtdna X. I havent followed the argument fully, but the paper seems to claim that the presence of both X1 and X2 indicates that they represent an ancestral population that somehow has maintained the haplogroups that have disappeared, or at least have had different histories elsewhere. Of course it would be interesting if something like that were true of Y hap L as well, though I do not think this is the case.

    cacio

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