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Nat Rev Genet. 2001 Nov;2(11):891-8.

A genetic profile of contemporary Jewish populations.

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  • 1Human Genetics Program, New York University School of Medicine, MSB 136, New York, New York 10016, USA.


The Jews are an ancient people with a history spanning several millennia. Genetic studies over the past 50 years have shed light on Jewish origins, the relatedness of Jewish communities and the genetic basis of Mendelian disorders among Jewish peoples. In turn, these observations have been used to develop genetic testing programmes and, more recently, to attempt to discover new genes for susceptibility to common diseases.

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