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Last Updated: October 11, 2016


Featured books on Jewish genetics:

"Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People" by Jon Entine (Grand Central Publishing) An excellent primer on Jewish genetic studies that show the interconnectivity of Jews around the world. Published in October 2007 - Also available in a Kindle edition, a Canadian Kindle edition, and an Adobe EPUB and Kobo edition,

"Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History" by David B. Goldstein (Yale University Press) A short but powerful summary of Jewish genetics. Published in May 2008 - Also available in a paperback edition, a Kindle edition, and a Canadian Kindle edition.

"Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People" by Harry Ostrer (Oxford University Press) Discusses the genetic data amassed to date regarding Jewish ancestry and diseases and shows that most Jewish populations around the world are related. Contends that Jews are a distinctive sub-race. Published in May 2012 - Also available in a Kindle edition and a Canadian Kindle edition.

Genetics, Mass Media and Identity: A case study of the genetic research on the Lemba and Bene Israel by Yulia Egorova and Tudor Parfitt. Includes summaries of genetic research on Jewish populations around the world, and media and Jewish reactions to these studies. Published in 2006.

Jewish Genetic Disorders: A Layman's Guide by Ernest L. Abel. This guide to genetic disorders that tend to affect the Jewish population more than the non-Jewish begins with a short history of the Jews and basic facts concerning genetics and genetic disorders. The in-depth information that follows is categorized under blood, cancers, central nervous system, connective tissue, gastrointestinal, metabolic or endocrine, respiratory, sensory, and skin. Included for each disorder is information on variations, frequency, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, transmission, treatment and prevention, and notes on where more information about each disorder can be obtained. A glossary of terms and index are provided. Published in 2001.

Genetic Diversity Among Jews: Diseases and Markers at the DNA Level edited by Batsheva Bonne-Tamir and A. Adam. Published in 1992.

Endogamy: One Family, One People by Israel Pickholtz (Colonial Roots) The author describes his adventures with researching his family's Ashkenazic lineages using autosomal DNA and Y-DNA. All Ashkenazim are related to each other centuries back in time from a common core of ancestors and this presents challenges when trying to trace specific lineages using autosomal DNA. Pickholtz shows that sometimes breakthroughs can be made regardless. Published in August 2015.

Featured books on general genetics:

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger

Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree by Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner

NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection by David R. Dowell

How to DNA Test Our Family Relationships by Terry Carmichael

The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History by Robin L. Bennett

The Genetics of Human Populations by L. Cavalli-Sforza and W. F. Bodmer

Genes, Peoples, and Languages by L. Cavalli-Sforza

The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science that Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry by Bryan Sykes. Explores Sykes's discovery that most Europeans descend from one of 7 women of the Ice Age. Sykes investigates mitochondrial DNA, which passes through maternal lines. - Also available in an Adobe EPUB and Kobo edition.

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