A Y-associated allele is shared among a few ethnic groups of Asia

Shio Jean Lin*, Karo Tanaka, William Leonard, Tudevdagviin Gerelsaikhan, Bumbein Dashnyam, Sambuugiin Nyamkhishig, Akiko Hida, Yutaka Nakahori, Keiichi Omoto, Michael H. Crawford, Yasuo Nakagome

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In our previous study, both of Y-associated alleles, Y1 and Y2, were detected in Japanese and Koreans, but only the Y1 allele was detected in each of other populations including Chinese in both Beijin and Guangzhou areas, Caucasians, Africans, and Jewish. In the present study, these observations were extended to other ethnic groups in East Asia. Evenks in central Siberia and Khalkhs in Mongolia had only the Y1 allele. On the other hand, two ethnic groups, Fo-lo and Hakka, in Taiwan had both of the Y1 and the Y2 alleles. Three of the eight Y2-positive men, 2 Fo-lo and a Hakka, shared family name Chen. Both Hakka people and ancesters of Chen families could be traced to the Province of Henan in northern China in early 4th century. They arrive din Fujian/Guangdong area in the south-east China via various routes and then some of them migrated to Taiwan in the 18th century. It is tempting to speculate that the Y2 allele may be originated from an ancestral population in Henan from which, Japanese, Koreans, and some of the Taiwanese diverged.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-304
Number of pages6
JournalThe Japanese Journal of Human Genetics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1994


  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • RFLP
  • Y chromosome
  • Y2 allele

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)


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