College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The findings of the Yakut mtDNA Research Project are presented in the following work:

  • Poster (2004) entitled “Mitochondrial DNA Variation in Yakutia: The Genetic Structure of an Expanding Population” by Mark Zlojutro. Presented at the combined annual meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Human Biology Association in Tampa, Florida. Selected for the best graduate student paper award by the American Association of Anthropological Genetics (AAAG).
  • Zlojutro M (2006) “Mitochondrial DNA Variation in Yakutia: The Genetic Structure of an Expanding Population.” M.A. Thesis. University of Kansas.

For more information on the Yakuts and other genetic studies on this fascinating population, refer to the following literature:

  • Derenko MV, and Shields GF (1998) “Variation of Mitochondrial DNA in Three Groups of Indigenous Populations of Northern Asia.” Russian Journal of Genetics 34: 553-557.
  • Federova SA, Bermisheva MA, Villems R, Maksimova NR, and Khusnutdinova EK (2003) “Analysis of Mitochondrial DNA Lineages in Yakuts.” Molecular Biology 37: 544-553.
  • Fefelova VV (1990) “Participation of Indo-European Tribes in Ethnogeny of the Mongoloid Population of Siberia: Analysis of the HLA Antigen Distribution in Mongoloids of Siberia.” American Journal of Human Genetics 47: 294-301.
  • Forsyth J (1992) A History of the Peoples of Siberia: Russia’s North Asian Colony 1581-1990. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England.
  • Okladnikov AP (1970) Yakutia: Before Its Incorporation into the Russian State. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal.
  • Pakendorf B, Spitsyn VA, and Rodewald A (1999) “Genetic Structure of a Sakha Population from Siberia and Ethnic Affinities.” Human Biology 71: 231-244.
  • Pakendorf B, Morar B, Tarskaia LA, Kayser M, Soodyall H, Rodewald A, and Stoneking M (2002) “Y-Chromosomal Evidence for a Strong Reduction in Male Population Size of Yakuts.” Human Genetics 110: 198-200.
  • Pakendorf B, Wiebe V, Tarskaia LA, Spitsyn VA, Soodyall H, Rodewald A, and Stoneking M (2003) “Mitochondrial DNA Evidence for Admixed Origins of Central Siberian Populations.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 120: 211-224.
  • Puzyrev VP, Stepanov VA, Golubenko MV, Puzyrev KV, Maximova NR, Kharkov VN, Spiridonova MG, and Nogovitsina AN (2003) “mtDNA and Y-Chromosomal Lineages in the Yakut Population.” Russian Journal of Genetics 39: 816-822.
  • Ricaut F-X, Kolodesnikov S, Keyser-Tracqui C, Alekseev AN, Crubézy E, and Ludes B (2006) “Molecular Genetic Analysis of 400-Year-Old Human Remains Found in Two Yakut Burial Sites.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 129: 55-63.
  • Sorensen MV, Snodgrass JJ, Leonard WR, Tarskaia LA, Ivanov KI, Krivoshapkin VG, and Spitsyn VA (2005) “Health Consequences of postsocialist Transition: Dietary and Lifestyle Determinants of Plasma Lipids in Yakutia.” American Journal of Human Biology 17: 576-592.
  • Tarskaia LA, Bychkovskaia LS, Pai GV, Makarov SB, Pakendorf B, and Spitsyn VA (2002) “Distribution of the ABO Blood Groups and the HP, TF, GC, PI, and C3 Serum Proteins in Yakuts.” Russian Journal of Genetics 38: 548-553.
  • Tokarev SA, and Gurvich IS (1956) “The Yakuts” (in Russian) in Levin MG, and Potapov LP (eds) Narody Sibiri. Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, pp 267-328.