We may be related ! (even more) #general


Carlos Glikson
 

According to a Sunday 9:14 pm Reuters article, an Israeli geneticist says
modern Ashkenazis came >from an even smaller gene pool than previously
thought.

The article refers to an estimation of 1500 Jewish families - dating back
to the 14th century - being the source for the total Ashkenazi population
today. But it says ├Źsraeli Ariel Darvasi - president of a pharmaceutical
company and geneticist at Jerusalem's Hebrew University - believes the
source of the total (Ashkenazi) population might have really been only 500
families. Modern Ashkenazi population is quoted as being "around 10
million".

I saw the article in my AOL News ticker and it may be also found (not for
long, I suppose - I do not know how fast they change this page) linking to
the Science News page from

http://www.reuters.com/


The article explains why this researcher has concentrated research of
genetic links to some common diseases in 10,000 samples >from anonymous and
consenting Israeli Ashkenazi donors.

It mentions the fact that the relative homogeneity of the Ashkenazi Jews'
population - maybe among certain Sardinians, French Canadians, or
Icelanders too - facilitates gene discovery: It is easier to find the
"genetic needle in the human genome haystack" in a homogenous population,
because there are less genetic differences in their DNA.

Carlos GLIKSON
Buenos Aires, Argentina
e-Mail cglikson@iname.com

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