About this Research Topic
Having different religious faith, cultures and life customs, a number of ethnic groups inhabit the Ancient Silk Road and presumably had experienced complicated history. The pattern of DNA variation among individuals can tell us about the genetic history of populations. In recent years, by relatively direct means of studying ancient samples such as bones, and/or indirect means of analysing the genomes of modern populations, the demographic history - migrations, expansions and colonization - have been successfully revealed in several previous human population genetic studies. However, until now, the origins of the populations along the Ancient Silk Road and relationships have not been examined in great detail.
This Research Topic welcomes Original Research, Brief Research Report, and Review papers on the modern and ancient genetic history of human populations along the Ancient Silk Road, by using genome-wide sequencing or microarray technologies, or various kinds of markers, such as mtDNA, Y chromosome, forensic STRs, SNPs, and InDels data.
Keywords: Silk Road, SNPs, mtDNA, Y chromosome, STRs, aDNA, sequencing, genotyping
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