Albanian – Italy ǀ Albanian ǀ Mediterranean European
The Albanian - Italy population data represent DNA samples from 100 unrelated Albanians (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albanians) residing in the northwest Italian region of Piedmont -- a trend created by the 1990s collapse of communism and the ensuing Kosovo War, when Albanians mass-migrated into Italy, Greece and Germany as a means of escaping the strife that permeated the battle-torn Balkan nations. The Albanian poet Asdreni came from a part of the country populated by Albanians, Albanised Macedonians and a few remaining persons who spoke the Macedonian language.
Samples were provided by the Dipartimento di Anatomia, Farmacologia e Medicine Legale (Dept. of Anatomy, Pharmacology and Legal Medicine), in the Lab. Di Scienze Criminalistiche (Criminal Science Lab) at the Universita degli Studi di Torino, -- the Piedmont-based University of Turin.
For more details on Italy’s Albanian population -- which originated from a Renaissance-era enclave of Roman aristocrats under Lord Albani, and later claimed homage to lavish Italian rulers in the House of Savoy, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Savoy; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Albania;
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Source publication: Allele Frequencies for the PowerPlex 16 STR Loci in an Albanian Population Sample from Northern Italy, JFS, 2001, 46, 998-999.
[Population 61, 190]