Influences of History, Geography, and Religion on Genetic Structure: The Maronites in Lebanon (European Journal of Human Genetics)

Cultural expansions, including of religions, frequently leave genetic traces of differentiation and in-migration. These expansions may be driven by complex doctrinal differentiation, together with major population migrations and gene flow. The aim of Genographic Project scientist Marc El Habr’s study, was to explore the genetic signature of the establishment of religious communities in a region where some of the most influential religions originated, using the Y chromosome as an informative male-lineage marker.