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Cuba's Population Increasingly Racially Mixed

Havana, October 10 (RHC)-- The Cuban population is increasingly racially mixed, said a genetic expert in disclosing the results of scientific research conducted on the island.

An expert from the National Center for Medical Genetics said a study conducted by that institution for the past 40 years reveals that those examined showed a combination of European, African and Amero-indian genes inherited from ancestors who contributed to the Cuban nationality.

This process, the expert said, began 200 years ago and covers at least seven generations of Cubans.

Of 531 people examined, 73.8 percent had genes from European sources, 16.8% from African origin, and 9.4% from Native American donors. Of white skinned persons examined, 91 percent had European genes, and 5.8% African genes.

Of 101 Cuban Blacks examined, 45% had European genes and 49.6 percent were of African origin.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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