A genetic profile of contemporary Jewish populations

Nat Rev Genet. 2001 Nov;2(11):891-8. doi: 10.1038/35098506.


The Jews are an ancient people with a history spanning several millennia. Genetic studies over the past 50 years have shed light on Jewish origins, the relatedness of Jewish communities and the genetic basis of Mendelian disorders among Jewish peoples. In turn, these observations have been used to develop genetic testing programmes and, more recently, to attempt to discover new genes for susceptibility to common diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Genetic Diseases, Inborn / diagnosis
  • Genetic Diseases, Inborn / genetics*
  • Genetic Testing
  • Genetics, Population
  • Humans
  • Jews / genetics*
  • Linkage Disequilibrium
  • Mutation