Beijing: In the first individual genome sequencing of a Mongolian, Chinese scientists on Sunday claimed that they have sequenced a direct descendant of the great Mongolian warrior Genghis Khan.

The blood donator, a male, has been identified only as one of Genghis Khan's 34th-generation offspring from the Sunit Tribe, which is based in the Xilingol league (prefecture) in Inner Mongolia.

Describing this as the first individual genome sequencing of a Mongolian, Zhou Huanmin, project leader and head of the biological research lab at the Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, said the research team will continue to sequence the genomes of another 199 ethnic Mongolians and build a database consisting of Mongolian genetic code.

Zhou said the results of the genome mapping are important for the detection of ethnicity-specific genome inheritances and the evolutionary features of Mongolians, and will also
contribute to medical research linked to the control of certain diseases.

There are about 10 million ethnic Mongolians living around the world, mainly in China's Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region and Qinghai province, as well as the Republic of Mongolia and Russia.

(Agencies)