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Ancient DNA – Coming of an Era

Few exciting papers about ancient DNA are coming up with samples from both Israel relating to ancient nomad cultures and Russia relating to the Khazars. While we wait on these papers it is worth gain a better understanding of ancient … Continue reading

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Better late than never…

A review of our study on the origin of Yiddish has finally been published in… Yiddish and in the Forward above all else. It is exciting to see that even the Forward encourages discussion in this topic, which has so far been discussed mainly among … Continue reading

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The Book of Esther

Emily Barton published a third fiction book about the Khazars that got a very nice review in the New York Times. Barton has talent to spare, and while her pacing and tone are occasionally ponderous, her imagination makes the story as addicting … Continue reading

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In search of the origin of Sephardic (Spanish) Jews

Following the publication of our study on the origin of Yiddish and its speakers it was only a matter of time until I would be swarmed with queries as to “what about Sephardic Jews” and to a lesser degree “What about Ladino (the native … Continue reading

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On the fallacies of Altmetric OR how I fell asleep in Sheffield and woke up in Louisiana

Here is a brief overview of Altmetric, just in case you haven’t heard about it. Altmetric LLP is a UK-based company with <50 employees that provides collects “impression” data to evaluate academic studies and factor it into a single score, which … Continue reading

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My article at “The Conversation”

This week I was invited to write an article for “The Conversation” was one of the most respectable media outlets the foster conversation between academics and the public. Unfortunately, I was limited to ~800 words, but the article nonetheless became popular rather … Continue reading

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Responding to the criticism for Das et al. (2016)

In Das et al. (2016), we applied the Geographic Population Structure (GPS) algorithm to the genomes of Yiddish and non-Yiddish speaking Ashkenazic Jews (and other Jewish and non-Jewish populations) to study the origin of their genomes. Since genetics, geography, and linguistics are … Continue reading

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