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1 February 2012 The Y-chromosome C3* Star-Cluster Attributed to Genghis Khan's Descendants is Present at High Frequency in the Kerey Clan from Kazakhstan
Serikbai Abilev, Boris Malyarchuk, Miroslava Derenko, Marcin Wozniak, Tomasz Grzybowski, Ilya Zakharov
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To verify the possibility that the Y-chromosome C3* star-cluster attributed to Genghis Khan and his patrilineal descendants is relatively frequent in the Kereys, who are the dominant clan in Kazakhstan and in Central Asia as a whole, polymorphism of the Y-chromosome was studied in Kazakhs, represented mostly by members of the Kerey clan. The Kereys showed the highest frequency (76.5%) of individuals carrying the Y-chromosome variant known as C3* star-cluster ascribed to the descendants of Genghis Khan. C3* star-cluster haplotypes were found in two subclans, Abakh-Kereys and Ashmaily-Kereys, diverged about 20–22 generations ago according to the historical data. Median network of the Kerey star-cluster haplotypes at 17 STR loci displays a bipartite structure, with two subclusters defined by the only difference at the DYS448 locus. Noteworthy is a strong correspondence of these subclusters with the Kerey subclans affiliation. The data obtained suggest that the Kerey clan appears to be the largest known clan in the world descending from a common Y-chromosome ancestor. Possible ways of Genghis Khan's relationship to the Kereys are discussed.

© 2012 Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan 48201-1309
Serikbai Abilev, Boris Malyarchuk, Miroslava Derenko, Marcin Wozniak, Tomasz Grzybowski, and Ilya Zakharov "The Y-chromosome C3* Star-Cluster Attributed to Genghis Khan's Descendants is Present at High Frequency in the Kerey Clan from Kazakhstan," Human Biology 84(1), 79-89, (1 February 2012). https://doi.org/10.3378/027.084.0106
Received: 7 September 2011; Accepted: 1 December 2011; Published: 1 February 2012
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