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Bringing prehistoric Europe back to life using Iron Age DNA

Thinking of doing a phd in one of the coolest subjects in genetics? Read here:

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The Mountain Jews in the Caucasus as a potential source for the joke about the Jew who built two synagogues in an island

There is a famous joke in Judaism about the way Jews are never quite happy with their local congregations. A man is rescued from a desert island after 20 years. The news media, amazed at this feat of survival, ask him … Continue reading

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Swedish Jews – between ethnicity, religion, race, and utter chaos

Paula Cáceres has recently published her Master’s study titled: Jewish Identities and their Co-constructors A Qualitative Study of the Social Constructions of Jewish Identities in Sweden (supervisor: Charlotte Melander).  In the study she explores the opinion of 10 young adults who define themselves … Continue reading

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How Israeli doctors are touting the myth of Ashkenazi Jewish genetic superiority?

Social scientists wrote extensively on the creation of myths in health and medicine. Some of most popular concepts is protection, not by gods (remember, this is still semi-science field), but rather by unknown entities or forces where unknown stands for gender, ancestry, or religion. This way one … Continue reading

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So what happened with the “Adam’s Y chromosome” study?

The last piece of criticism of the story of “Adam’s chromosome” has finally been published. Just a brief reminder, in 2013 Mendez and colleagues mostly from Michael Hammer’s group published a Y chromosome of a haplogroup they termed A00 and … Continue reading

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The flabbergasting science of Fernando Mendez, Michael Hammer, and co-authors

When I published The missing link of Jewish European Ancestry1, currently ranked #2 most-read paper in GBE, Michael Hammer called me: “outlier folks… who have a minority view that’s not supported scientifically. I think the arguments they make are pretty … Continue reading

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Carmi et al. (2014) and the mysterious 350 number.

Some of the problems with the Carmi et al.’s paper 1 were listed in the previous post, but here, I wish to discuss two new issues. The first one regards the number 350 and the statement by Carmi et al1 that has been widely … Continue reading

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