Gujarati Indians in Houston, Texas, USA [GIH]

Available Samples Family Relationships
Cell Cultures: 117
DNA: 117
DNA Sample Panel: HAPMAPV15
 Unrelated Individuals:  117



Shared Samples

The International HapMap Collection shares some samples with the 1000 Genomes Project. Please click here to view Gujarati samples that are also part of the 1000 Genomes Project.

Population Description

These cell lines and DNA samples were prepared from blood samples collected in the Houston, Texas metropolitan area. All of the samples are from unrelated individuals who identified themselves as Gujarati and reported having at least three out of four Gujarati grandparents. "Gujarati" is a general term used to describe people who trace their ancestry to the region of Gujarat, located in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent, and who speak the Gujarati language. However, no attempt was made to clarify the meaning that donors attributed to their self-reported Gujarati identity.

Referring to Populations

It is important to include a reference to "Houston, Texas" when describing the source of these samples. While the samples are not genetically atypical, they do not necessarily represent all Gujarati people, whose population history is complex. The population should not be described merely as "Indian" or "South Asian Indian", since those designators encompasses many populations with many different geographic ancestries.

The full population descriptor is Gujarati Indians in Houston, Texas, USA. The shorthand label is Gujarati and the abbreviation is GIH.

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. If the groups all have South Asian ancestry, the designation "South Asian ancestry" (abbreviation: SAA) to describe the combined analysis panel is recommended. If only groups very closely related to the Gujarati 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 Investigator for Community Engagement and Sample Collection   

  • Richard Sharp - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA