New Delhi, Dec. 5 -- The concept of unity in diversity best fits India, not only for its culture, society and religion, but also for its gene pool. Research has revealed that Thalasemmia, a blood disorder, and cancer genes are exclusive to Indian population. It has also found that for Indians, genetic similarity makes them more susceptible to risk of diseases.

Indian scientists conducted genome sequencing of 1,267 individuals, of which 598 represented 55 ethnic population groups, found that individuals were related to each other by lineage and descent. The study published in Nature Journal on Thursday, identified variants that pre-dispose individuals to higher risk for cancer development and other diseases specific to Indian population g...