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Sequencing company certifies genome as free of 'Gypsy or Jew' genes

ananyo (2519492) writes | more than 2 years ago

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ananyo writes "From the Nature story:
"Hungary’s Medical Research Council (ETT), which advises the government on health policy, has asked public prosecutors to investigate a genetic-diagnostic company that certified that a member of parliament did not have Roma or Jewish heritage.
The MP in question is a member of the far-right Jobbik party, which won 17% of the votes in the general election of April 2010. He apparently requested the certificate from the firm Nagy Gén Diagnostic and Research. The company produced the document in September 2010, a few weeks before local elections.
Nagy Gén scanned 18 positions in the MP’s genome for variants that it says are characteristic of Roma and Jewish ethnic groups; its report concludes that Roma and Jewish ancestry can be ruled out."
The test is of-course nonsense, and notions of 'racial purity' have long been discredited."

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The test could be valid (2)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 2 years ago | (#40294563)

The test is of-course nonsense, and notions of 'racial purity' have long been discredited."

No, the test may not be invalid. It could be perfectly valid. People just don't want to accept the results.

A study done a decade ago showed Palestinians and Jews, those living in the middle east and not those from other parts of the world, most especially those who converted to the jewish faith, were essentially the same people, genetically speaking. The link [guardian.co.uk] .

Which makes sense since those groups grew up in the same area, their relatives had lived there for centuries and most certainly there were cross marriages and sex going on for those centuries.

Obviously both sides were up in arms at the report because that would show the only reason these two groups were at each other's throats was for religious reasons. This report could also be used to show that contrary to Israel's stated position, it wants a land for jews, and only jews, which would mean they are looking for a religious homeland, not a genetic one, since the Palestinians would also be allowed to live in Israel if based on genetic conditions.

So yes, this report could very well be valid if they looked for the same genetic markers the report from a decade ago used to find that Israelis and Palestinians are, genetically, the same people.

Re:The test could be valid (1)

ananyo (2519492) | more than 2 years ago | (#40294647)

No - the test is not valid - if you read the source it explains why: "it is impossible to deduce origins from genetic variations at a few places in the genome".

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