12 2019

UM Frankel Center Event: Steve Weitzman

4:00PM - 5:30PM  

Thayer Building 202 S. Thayer
Room 2022
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Jews, Genetics and the Search for Lost Ancestors

Genetic breakthroughs have created a newly scientific way to reveal one's distant ancestors, and spawned a multi-billion dollar ancestry testing industry in the process. What does such research reveal about the origin of the Jews? Can it trace their ancestry all the way back to the biblical past? This presentation will survey recent efforts to use genetics to illumine the ancestry of the Jews, weighing its insights against the criticisms and fears of skeptics.