Prestigious publication funded by ‘The Jenkinson TIRI Awards’ reveals the genetic origins of Jat population

The Jats represent a large ethnic community that has inhabited the northwest region of India and Pakistan for several thousand years. It is estimated the community has a population of over 123 million people.

Many historians and academics have asserted that the Jats are descendants of Aryans, Scythians, or other ancient people that arrived and lived in northern India at one time. However, the origins of Jats population remains a much debated topic among scientists.

New research supported by a Jenkinson TIRI Award has offered some clarity on the topic. David Mahal, doctoral student, and Dr Ianis G. Matsoukas, Molecular Geneticist and Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Bolton, were able to skirt this impediment by exploiting advanced DNA Technologies currently available at the University of Bolton.

Their analysis, detailed in the prestigious journal Frontiers in Genetics, provided new insights into the ancient geographic origins of the Jat population in the Indian subcontinent.
Our results showed that the sample population had several different lines of ancestry and emerged from at least nine different geographical regions of the world. It also became evident that the Jats did not have a unique set of genes, but shared an underlying genetic unity with several other ethnic communities in the Indian subcontinent, said Dr Ianis G. Matsoukas.

This prestigious Open Access publication has been supported by a Jenkinson TIRI Award, which aims to integrate advanced DNA technologies into the curriculum of Medical Biology, Medical and Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Psychology, and Nursing.

The research article entitled ‘Y-STR Haplogroup Diversity in the Jat Population Reveals Several Different Ancient Origins’ can be read online at Frontiers in Genetics: Click here

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