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From: Didier VERNADE <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Jewish DNA
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2010 10:02:58 -0600
I agree : Patrick, seriously, how can you say it has nothing to do with DNA ???
> I don't understand - genetically 1/2 of a mother's DNA goes to both her children...
> Jim - Sent from my iPhone - FaceTime!
Patrick Holland wrote :
> > Hello,
> > I have been following the extensive discussion about the DNA evidence
> > of Sephardic Jewish ancestry in the contemporary inhabitants of places
> > such as Mexico and other places in the New World where Jews settled
> > following the Jewish diaspora from Spain during the 400 years of the
> > Spanish Inquisition.
> > From an Anthropological perspective, a Jew is, by definition , someone
> > who is born of a Jewish mother, it has nothing to do with DNA.
> > Therefore, I ask myself, from a genealogical perspective, what is, '
> > Jewish DNA ' ?
> > If a Jewish women ,' marries out ', she can only pass on her Jewish
> > identity to her daughters. Her sons, by definition , are not Jewish, so
> > a Y-DNA test on the sons of the, ' mixed marriage ', will , from an
> > Athropological perspective , not contain any , ' Jewish .DNA ' per se,
> > although , genetically, the sons will, like their sisters, still be,
> > vulnerable to certain genetic diseases. which occur more commonly in
> > Jewish communities., Therefore, in some circumstances, such as where an
> > individual is diagnosed as having , Tay-Sachs disease , it may be
> > possible to identify the Jewish ethnicity of an individual. But apart
> > from medical genetics , what DNA tests are available which can prove or
> > disprove that an individual has a Jewish ancestry ? .
> > According to my Y-DNA test, I belong to Haplogroup R1b1b2 . I have a DYS
> > 391=10, so my Haplotype is a ,Type # 6 , variation of the Atlantic Modal
> > Haplotype. Therefore, I may have Sephardic Jewish ancestry if any of
> > my ancestors came from the Sephardic Jewish community which settled in
> > the Netherlands. So what DNA tests can I have done which will tell me
> > if I have Sephardic ancestry ? I know that FTDNA have a Jewish
> > ancestry test.. Has anybody had it done ?
> > In conclusion, does anybody know if a comparative study of DNA has been
> > done in contemporary Israel on individuals of Arab and Jewish ethnicity
> > which has been able to prove that a distinctive, ' Jewish DNA '
> > actually exists ?
> > Patrick Holland.
> > Perth, Western Australia.