Scientists from CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) for first time have conducted genetic study on people of Lakshadweep Islands.
Scientists had analyzed DNA samples of 557 individuals from eight major islands for mitochondrial DNA and 166 individuals for Y chromosome markers. They studied the major islands of Andorth, Agatti, Chetlat, Bitra, Kalpeni, Kadmat,Kiltan and Minicoy of Lakshadweep.
Findings of this genetic study
It is archipelago of 36 islands in Laccadive Sea, scattered over approximately 78,000 square km of Arabian Sea. These islands are located 200-440 kms off the south-western coast of India. Its main islands are Kavaratti, Agatti, Minicoy, and Amini. Minicoy Island is separated from rest of Lakshadweep by Nine Degree Channel, whereas entire group of Lakshadweep islands are separated from Maldives by Eight Degree Channel. It is Union Territory and governed directly by Union Government. Its all islands form a single Indian district and smallest Union Territory of India. Kavaratti is its capital. It comes under jurisdiction of Kerala High Court.