Bengali in Bangladesh [BEB]

Available Samples Family Relationships
Cell Cultures: 144
DNA: 144
DNA Sample Panel: MGP00022
 Trios:  29
 Parent-Child Duos:  10 
 Unrelated Individuals:  37

Population Description

These cell lines and DNA samples were prepared from blood samples collected in Bangladesh. All individuals identified themselves as having four Bengali grandparents.

Referring to Populations

It is important to include a reference to “Bangladesh” when describing the source of these samples. Including the name of the country where these samples were collected reinforces the point that the sample set, while not genetically “atypical”, does not necessarily represent all Bengali people, whose population history is complex. The population should not be described merely as “South Asian” or “Bangladeshi”, since both of those designators encompasses many populations with different geographic ancestries.

The full population descriptor is Bengali in Bangladesh. The shorthand label is Bengali and the abbreviation is BEB.

It may be scientifically appropriate to pool data from these samples with data from other ancestrally related groups, when the data show that the groups have similar allele frequencies. It is recommended to use the “South Asian ancestry” (abbreviation: SAA) to describe the combined analysis panel of groups that are of South Asian ancestry. If only groups very closely related to the Bengali have similar allele frequencies, then another abbreviation may need to be used.

Additional guidance about how to refer to the populations can be found at Guidelines for Referring to the Populations in Publications and Presentations.

Principal Investigators

  • Firdausi Qadri - International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Regina LaRocque - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Pardis Sabeti - Broad Institute, Boston, MA