Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 May 2012

288 Pages | 60 illustrations


ISBN: 9780195379617

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A Genetic History of the Jewish People

Harry Ostrer, MD

  • Makes human population genetics accessible to the general reader
  • Explores the history of Jewish population genetics
  • Presents the case for a biological basis for Jewishness
  • Argues that knowledge of the genetic legacy provides a new basis for shared Jewish identity
  • Reviews the state of knowledge about Jewish genetic diseases
  • Explores whether other beneficial/deleterious traits, such as intelligence and mental illness, are more prevalent among Jews and the reasons why that might be the case.

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