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  •  Descended from the ancient Hebrews? (2+ / 0-)

    How can anyone prove that one given the genetic diversity among Jewish people. Even among much more closed socities there is still a wide degree of genetic difference. This kind of blood argument seems a bit stuck in the 19th century rather like poor Georgie who is unable to come to terms with the fact that he is a member of the human race and related by not that much distance to almost everyone else.

    •  I think they've isolated a genetic marker (1+ / 0-)
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      shared by practically everyone who claims to be a Cohen (i.e. a descendant of Aaron.)

      "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat." -- Will Rogers

      by Allogenes on Wed Sep 20, 2006 at 05:36:59 AM PDT

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      •  the Y chromosome (0+ / 0-)

        since it's passed intact from fathers to sons, they can trace it back.  

        this is an article about it.  although it looks like of the 306 Cohens they tested, only 106 had the marker.

        although it's getting late, you still have plenty of time

        by maracuja on Wed Sep 20, 2006 at 06:24:05 AM PDT

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