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Indian Journal of Human Genetics
Medknow Publications on behalf of Indian Society of Human Genetics
ISSN: 0971-6866
EISSN: 0971-6866
Vol. 16, No. 2, 2010, pp. 61-66
Bioline Code: hg10014
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Human Genetics, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2010, pp. 61-66

 en Opportunity for natural selection among some selected population groups of Northeast India
Das, Farida Ahmed & Sikdar, Mithun


Background: Selection potential based on differential fertility and mortality has been computed for seven population groups inhabiting different geographical locations of Northeast India.
Materials and Methods:
Crow′s as well as Johnston and Kensinger′s index have been used for the present purpose.
Results and Conclusion: Irrespective of the methodology, the total index of selection was found to be highest among the Deoris followed by the Kaibartas. The lowest selection index was found among the Oraon population. If the relative contribution of fertility and mortality components to the total index is considered to be multiplicative, it is observed that in all these communities the fertility component exceeds that of mortality component, which may indicate initiation of demographic transitional phase in the selected populations with the betterment of healthcare and socioeconomic condition within the last few decades.

Fertility, mortality, Northeast India, selection intensity

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