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January 26, 2006

Some Jews And Arabs Share Common Gene

Topics: Health Issues

Arabs are going to hate this news.

However, as reported by two groups of researchers, a large proportion of Ashkenazi Jews and Arabs with Parkinson's share the same gene mutation, apparently derived from a single "founder" individual several centuries ago.

The mutation was found in 18.3% of a cohort of 120 Ashkenazi Jews treated for Parkinson's at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Beth Israel Medical Center here. The same mutation was found in 39% of a cohort of 76 Arabs with the disease, by French researchers. Both studies were published as letters in the Jan. 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Posted by Richard at January 26, 2006 3:33 PM

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