There is a long-going debate on the genetic origin of Chinese Muslim populations, such as Uygur, Dongxiang, and Hui. However, genetic information for those Muslim populations except Uygur is extremely limited. In this study, we investigated the genetic structure and ancestry of Chinese Muslims by analyzing 15 autosomal short tandem repeats in 652 individuals from Dongxiang, Hui, and Han Chinese populations in Gansu province. Both genetic distance and Bayesian-clustering methods showed significant genetic homogeneity between the two Muslim populations and East Asian populations, suggesting a common genetic ancestry. Our analysis found no evidence of substantial gene flow from Middle East or Europe into Dongxiang and Hui people during their Islamization. The dataset generated in present study are also valuable for forensic identification and paternity tests in China.
- Yao, H.B., Wang, C.C., Tao, X., Shang, L., Wen, S.Q., Zhu, B., Kang, L., Jin, L. and Li, H. (2016). Genetic evidence for an East Asian origin of Chinese Muslim populations Dongxiang and Hui. Scientific Reports, 6, 38656.
Peoples: Dongxiang and Hui | Places: China and Gansu province | Topics: Chinese Muslims | DNA Type: Autosomal DNA