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  • Is there a link between Parkinson’s and Ashkenazi Jews?

    April 2, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    It’s no secret that harmful mutations to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which increase a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer, are more common among those of Ashkenazic descent. Now researchers are investigating another gene mutation with links to Jews descending from Eastern...

  • The origins and meaning of Ashkenazic last names

    January 14, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    This piece originally ran on jewishcurrents.org.

    Ashkenazic Jews were among the last Europeans to take family names.  Some German speaking Jews took last names as early as the 17th century, but the overwhelming majority of Jews lived in Eastern Europe and did not take last...

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