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GPS Origins results for four participants

In the previous post I discussed the results of an Ashkenazic Jew produced by GPS Origins. As more and more people take the GPS Origins ancestry test that my lab built (Disclosure: I consult DDC) and make them public, we have a chance to take … Continue reading

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Parthians relics shed light on one of the longest surviving Iranian Empires

The Parthians were people of Iranian origin who formed one of the most stable empires from mid 3rd century BC till 224 AD, when they were overthrown by the Sassanids. In 41 BC they conquered Syrian and Judea and nominated a … Continue reading

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Circumcision and the risk for Sudden infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), cot death, or death in the crib

  SIDS is without a doubt the greatest fear of parents. SIDS is defined as the sudden death of a healthy baby while sleeping, which cannot be explained in any other way after all other options have been taken away. … Continue reading

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Why the Babylonian Jews snubbed Ashkenaz

Documents of Judean Exiles and West Semites in Babylonia in the Collection of David Sofer by Laurie E. Pearce and Cornelia Wunsch (322 pages) is a remarkable documentation of 103 tablets beginning in 572 BC and ending in 483 BC that … Continue reading

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Ashkenazic Jews and Tartars

A recent Q&A with a journalist in Tatarstan (Russia) developed into an interesting article and made the front page. I still recall that my Russian friend told me that Russians don’t care about Yiddish. As fas as I can tell, they care about it more … Continue reading

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The origin of Ashkenazic Jews according to GPSOrigins

  Recently, we completed development of GPS2, an extension of the GPS tool (see FAQ here) that predicts the geographic origins of two-ways mixed individuals (e.g., an individual with British and Chinese parents). The genetics company DDC (conflict of interest statement: … Continue reading

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In search of the judische Typus

Some of you may recall the “Jewish Genome Challenge” posed in 2013. In this challenge I tested whether claimants boast that they can distinguish Jewish from non-Jewish genomes make false allegations. For that, I proposed a blind-test where I hybridized the … Continue reading

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