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ISSN  2320-964X (Online) 

ISSN 2320-7817  (Print)

Type - Quarterly 

 

Original Research

   Year 2013 |  Vol. 1 | Issue 3 | Page Nos. 233-238

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 A morpho-genetic study of Badhiya Muslims of Purnia District (Bihar), India



Pandey BN*, Jahangeer MD and Mall Priyanka



Eco-Genetical Research Laboratory, P. G. Deptt. of Zoology, Purnea College, Purnia (854301) Bihar.


*Correspondence author Email - b.n.pandey@hotmail.com

 

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Background: The existence of genetic variation in man is caused by many factors along with selection, migration, gene flow and genetic drift. A population is characterized by a set of gene frequencies. Hence, the gene frequency data are essential prerequisite for studying the genetics of any population. As Badhiya Muslims of Purnia district (Bihar) are migrant of other place of India and nothing is known about their genetical status in this new zone, so we proposed to study morpho-genetic variation in them which could provide their genetic affinities with other populations.                                                                        

Methods: The distribution of morphogenetic traits was studied in Badhiya Muslims of Purnia district (Bihar). For the purpose, a survey was conducted in different villages of Badhiya Muslims and frequencies of different traits were calculated. It was observed that the frequency distribution of various traits among the studied populations shows the homogeneous distribution. Overall, frequencies of these traits were according to Indian trends. However, in certain traits Badhiya Muslims show similarities with Mongoloid traits. It needs further investigation using more serogenetic parameters.  For this genetical study data on various parameters were collected from the population of Badhiya Muslims residing in different villages of Purnia district. In no case two persons belonging to the same family were subjected to test the above mentioned Mendelian traits. Standarad methodology was used to collect data on various parameters.

Results: It was observed that the frequency distribution of various traits among the studied populations shows the homogeneous distribution. Overall, frequencies of these traits were according to Indian trends.

Conclusion: The allelic frequencies some traits in Badhiya Muslims showed Mongoloid affinities. So, presently, it is difficult to say anything about their genetical status. The data with some more serogenetic markers and morphological characters to be studied in future can throw fresh light on the origin and evolution the population under study.

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Received : July 15, 2013 

Revised: August 30, 2013

Final Accepted: September 15, 2013

Date of Online Before Print: September 25, 2013

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Editor : Arvind Chavhan

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