Scientists claim Roman Catholics in western India are genetically close to Gaur Saraswat Brahmins

    30-Aug-2021   
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A study conducted by scientists of the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad and Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP) in Lucknow and other two institutes claimed that the majority of the Roman Catholic population in Goa and Mangalore regions of the country are genetically close to early lineage of Gaur Saraswat community.
 
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The first "high throughput" study was by Kumarasamy Thangaraj, Chief Scientist of CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), and Director, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, and Niraj Rai, Senior Scientist, DST-Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP), Lucknow, it said.
 
The researchers analyzed the DNA of 110 individuals from the Roman Catholic community of Goa, Kumta and Mangalore. They compared the genetic information of the Roman Catholic group with previously published DNA data from India and West Eurasia. They put this information alongside archaeological, linguistic and historical records.
 
This study found consequences of the Portuguese "inquisition" in Goa on the population history of Roman Catholics.
 
The other institutes involved in this study are Mangalore University, Canadian Institute for Jewish Research and Institute of Advanced Materials, Sweden, News 18 reported.
 
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