Melungeon-L ArchivesArchiver > Melungeon > 2003-09 > 1064550289
Subject: Re: [Melungeon] Jewish DNA?
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 00:24:49 EDT
In a message dated 9/10/03 6:29:29 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> Recently at the Jewish Genome Conference in Israel, scientists that have
> done Cohen gene research around the world confirmed that their results are
> consistent with the original Cohen gene study, with over 80% of self-identified
> Cohens having a common set of markers. They also shared a finding that less
> than one-third of non-Cohen Jews tested possess common genetic markers on the
> Y-chromosome. This was not surprising to the scientists because the mother
> determines Jewish status. A non-Cohen's Jewish status cannot be determined
> genetically since the Y-chromosome of a non-Jewish man could enter the Jewish gene
> pool if he had a child with a Jewish woman. Maternal genealogies are also
> being studied by means of mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited only from the
Hi, Penny, and all. Does this seem questionable to you as it does to me?
The reason for the question is: Yes, Jewish status is passed from the mother,
but SURNAMES are passed from the father. A Cohen man would be from a Cohen
man, hence the Y-chromosome is where you would look for commonality, right? If a
Cohen women married a non-Jewish man, the offspring would not be named Cohen,
right? So, that offspring would not be studied. Right?
|Re: [Melungeon] Jewish DNA? by|