Genetics

Reclaiming a Heritage

Reclaiming a Heritage

During the tumultuous ’60s, when the Civil Rights movement exploded and the great American “melting pot” idea was rejected, minorities and other groups began rediscovering and reclaiming their heritage and customs.  This is when my interest in family roots emerged and, while I didn’t realize it then, it was to have a profound effect on […]

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Book Review: The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA

Book Review: The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA

Book REVIEWS by Jeff Wheelwright. Norton, 2012. 260 pages. The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA tells the story of Shonnie Medina, a beautiful young Hispano woman of Indian and Spanish descent who died at age 28 from an aggressive, hereditary form of breast cancer. She carried the genetic mutation BRCA1.185delAG, […]

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Genealogy Workshop at Conference 2012

Genealogy Workshop at Conference 2012

“Our Roots: Exploring Hispano Family History,” a special genealogy workshop, will be offered just before the conference opens, on July 22, from 12 to 4:30 p.m. at the Hotel Albuquerque. Speakers include Robert Martinez and Henrietta Martinez Christmas, members of the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico, and Mona Hernandez, SCJS member, each with […]

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Crypto-Jews From Tras-os-montes, Portugal-A History Told By The Y Chromosome

Crypto-Jews From Tras-os-montes, Portugal-A History Told By The Y Chromosome

Introduction The universal history of Jewish people is full of constant oppressions and persecutions. Portugal as no exception to this rule. It was in Tras-os-Montes, a rugged and isolated province of Portugal , on the North East border with Spain , that many Jews settled and were able to secretly maintain their ancestral culture and […]

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Comparing DNA Patterns of Sephardi, Ashkenazi & Kurdish Jews

Comparing DNA Patterns of Sephardi, Ashkenazi & Kurdish Jews

Considering the diverse origins of the Israelites, the large numbers of conversions into and out of the Jewish community, and major disasters which have befallen Jewish communities throughout history, what is the genetic composition of Jewish communities today? In the days before genetic testing, the famous Jewish anthropologist Raphael Patai used cephalic indexes and blood […]

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DNA and the Sephardic Diaspora: Spanish and Portuguese Jews in Europe

DNA and the Sephardic Diaspora: Spanish and Portuguese Jews in Europe

The study of genetics, and especially the concept of DNA testing, has gained much interest in recent years in the medical and forensic areas. This interest also is beginning to increase in the area of genealogy and in several areas of academia. Since the mid-1990s, I have introduced my classes in ethnicity to the research […]

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