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Saturday, June 25 • 7:50pm - 9:00pm
Genetics: A Lens into Jewish History

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Genetics have a strong relationship with human health, and we know that many Jewish populations have particular genetic backgrounds that are unusual. How do scientists learn about those backgrounds, and what relationship do they have with Jewish history? In this presentation, we will discuss basics of human genetics in relation to Jewish populations. We'll focus on the new insights about genetics in the Jewish population in the last decade. First, we'll introduce the concept of a genome, human variation, and trait dominance and recessiveness. After summarizing inheritance, we'll ask how Jewish genetics reflect the history of different Jewish populations as they've formed over time. The presentation will touch on (a) origin, (b) diversity, and (c) relationships to populations they live with for Ashkenazim, Sfardim, and other populations of Jews. We'll conclude with notes on how geneticists interpret the relationship between our genetic history and our modern health.

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Natalie Telis

Natalie Telis is a PhD student at Stanford studying the relationship between recent human history, genetics, and modern disease. Originally from the Bay Area, she graduated from Kehillah Jewish High School in 2009, did undergraduate work at UC Davis and is doing doctoral research... Read More →

Saturday June 25, 2016 7:50pm - 9:00pm PDT
SC2083 Sonoma Valley