Thursday, November 24, 2005

We are all one people

A report published in Nations and nationalism, an academic journal published by the London School of Economics describes the history of the Jewish people as providing perhaps the best-documented example of how genetic similarity intersects culture, history, and even politics. (Via JIMENA News, November 2005 issue)

Jewish groups are genetically similar to each other even though they have been separated for two millennia. Jews from Iraq and Libya share more genes with Jews from Germany and Russia than either group shares with the non-Jewish populations among whom they have lived over the intervening centuries.

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