DNA links prove Jews are a ‘race,' says genetics expert

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    Conjuring fear of Nazism and anti-Semitism, Jews recoil from the thought that Judaism might be a race, but medical geneticist Harry Ostrer insists the 'biological basis of Jewishness' cannot be ignored.

    In his new book, “Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People,” Harry Ostrer, a medical geneticist and professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, claims that Jews are different, and the differences are not just skin deep. Jews exhibit, he writes, a distinctive genetic signature. Considering that the Nazis tried to exterminate Jews based on their supposed racial distinctiveness, such a conclusion might be a cause for concern. But Ostrer sees it as central to Jewish identity.

    “Who is a Jew?” has been a poignant question for Jews throughout our history. It evokes a complex tapestry of Jewish identity made up of different strains of religious beliefs, cultural practices and blood ties to ancient Palestine and modern Israel. But the question, with its echoes of genetic determinism, also has a dark side.

    Geneticists have long been aware that certain diseases, from breast cancer to Tay-Sachs, disproportionately affect Jews. Ostrer, who is also director of genetic and genomic testing at Montefiore Medical Center, goes further, maintaining that Jews are a homogeneous group with all the scientific trappings of what

    DNA links prove Jews are a
     
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    So any long time extended family tree is a race?
     
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    You don't need DNA testing for that. Pull out a camera and a mic. They fly toward you like pins to a magnet
     
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    If all humans come from Moses..wouldn't we all be Jewish?
     
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    Forget all of that genetics and DNA testing

    Just drop a penny on the ground.

    And who ever knocks you down trying to grab it is a jew.
     
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    What if Mario jumps on you and takes the coin before you can get to it?
     
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    Then Mario must be a jew. :cool:
     
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    Well the guy is just wrong to suggest they are their own race,there is only one race of humans. Israelites=Jews, Jews thought it was to wrong to marry a non-jew. There are different linages of Jews but all that means is jews kept themselves isolated and mutations happened within the jewish family.does not mean they are a separate race.

    Lineage does mean separate race.
     
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    Why do you hate the jews so because the United States Are more loyal to the Jews ?
     
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    I don't hate the jews.

    But the stereotypes about them are very true. :cool:
     

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