Genetic variation among the Amish is extremely low. This is due to the Founders Effect. Amish genetics can be dated back to German-Swiss settlers back in the 18th century. Amish culture is very secluded and strict. They cannot marry or have children with anyone outside of the Amish faith. This has unfortunately led to an increase in inter-family marriages. Some rare genetic traits have begun to arise due to the limited gene flow. Amish populations have seen an increase in mitochondrial mutations. Such mutations include mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes.
This is interesting to learn about and quite hard to learn about because if this continues the Amish are going to become rare to see.ReplyDelete
It’s unfortunate to hear that the Amish community is beginning to suffer from mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes. However, the rise of these mutations makes sense given the increase in inter-family marriages.ReplyDelete