Wednesday, August 15, 2012

DNA Analysis Shows North African Jews Originated in Biblical-era Israel

A DNA study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that North African Jews are more closely related to other Jews than they are to non-Jewish North Africans.  Jews from Tunisia and Libya (and Georgia) are more closely related to Jews from the Middle East, while Jews from Morocco and Algeria are more closely related to Jews from Europe.  This new study supports the idea of a biological basis for "Jewishness."

The Washington Post has a short article about the study's results.

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