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From: "Elvira Zavala-Patton" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Re: Jewish; WAS Melungeons
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 01:50:18 -0700
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Just thought I would throw in my 2cents bit. A Devilliers has a point
there. There is plenty of diversity in the Jewish population.

You can find more than one Indian tribe in Mexico practicing Judaism who
claim their ancestors were Spanish Jews. They are Mexican Natives whose
fathers were some of the first Spanish Jews who arrived on Mexican soil
shortly after Cortez and company. Some actually arrived with him. Although
they are Mexican Natives by everybody's reckoning, they have kept their
identity and called themselves Jews. Some of them do not speak Spanish to
this day, having kept their native language from Mexico. These Jews are
not the well known Jewish colonies in Veracruz or Mexico City.

I don't think they have heard of any of those diseases. At least I have
not heard of it. I have been wondering for some time about the effects of
inbreeding here . Does anyone know about this?


----- Original Message -----
From: A. Devilliers <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2002 5:22 PM
Subject: [DNA] Re: Jewish; WAS Melungeons

> Technically, Judaism is a religion, not a race of people. Jews come in
> colors, nationalities, and races. There are not just Caucasian Jews, but
> also Black Jews and even Asian Jews. This would account for why some, but
> not all, Jews have Tay-Sachs.
> I suspect that the Jews who carry certain diseases are those who have
> ancestors from the area where those diseases first manifested themselves
> where migration/immigration was not commonplace; therefore, mates would
> had to be selected from a relatively small pool, thus exacerbating the
> problem.
> ----Original Message Follows----
> From: "Allan S. Gleason" <>
> ...the Jewish people often have Tay-Sachs disease which is hereditary. In
> order for that disease to be associated with a particular group requires
> that that group be selective in their breeding, which the Jewish people
> known to be - although not always successfully! But then, not all Jews
> the disease either!...

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