Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Jewish Genes

The genetic signatures of people in Spain and Portugal provide new and explicit evidence of the mass conversions of Sephardic Jews and Muslims to Catholicism in the 15th and 16th centuries after Christian armies wrested Spain back from Muslim control, a team of geneticists reports. Twenty percent of the [current] population of the Iberian Peninsula has Sephardic Jewish ancestry.... [More]

Related: It's likely all of us are Rashi's descendants (yes all of us) (non-Jews, too)

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