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How The Forward shamed 23andme into “fixing” Jewish history

“Telling the truth is less demanding than telling a lie.”  ― Eraldo Banovac To those of you who missed the drama, allow me to start from the beginning. In their latest round of updates, 23andme stumbled upon the Behar et al. … Continue reading

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Conversations with Eran Elhaik: Tracking ancient migrations

Originally posted on Scientific Inquirer:
Since man started telling stories he has been captivated by his origins. From Genesis to Gilgamesh, originary tales attempted to explain how human development. Modern science – hard and soft – has clearly shared this…

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No Levantine ancestry for Ashkenazic Jews

Last year, we applied GPS to the genome of ~400 Ashkenazic Jews (Das et al. 2016). GPS localized most AJs along major ancient trade routes in northeastern Turkey adjacent to primeval villages with names that resemble the word “Ashkenaz” (covered … Continue reading

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Water management in Mesopotamia

An excellent review paper by Stephanie Rost on water management in Mesopotamia and the rist of city states. Rost reviews deals with the question of how involved was the state with the construction of water facilities and whether the construction … Continue reading

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Why not Ancestry.com?

The corruption in the genetic genealogy industry is beyond ridiculous. I would thereby start these posts and try to keep them updated as new information pops (Conflict of interest: I consult DDC developer of GPS Origins). Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership … Continue reading

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Homo Naledi, the latest member of the Homo family

The newest member of the Homo family is Homo Naledi ( “naledi” means “star” in the Sotho-Tswana language) found in caves in South Africa. It lived between 236,000 and 335,000 years ago, very close to the time of our ancestors … Continue reading

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Ashkenazic Non-Jews in Turkey?

Last week I received an email from ATAB, a Turkish-born German who took a genetic test with one of the genetic companies and was not very happy with the results. He was informed that he was 25% Sephardic and 1.8% … Continue reading

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