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Rice and Beans OK for Passover for First Time Since 1200s

A 13th century rule has been reversed

(Newser) - Foods like rice and beans may be on the Passover tables of some Jews for the first time in 800 years thanks to a ruling by a committee of rabbis in the Conservative movement, Smithsonian reports. Those foods, along with corn, beans, and peanuts, which belong to a category called... More »

European Jews Are All Related

Study finds Ashkenazi are 30th cousins at their most distant

(Newser) - European Jews are all related, scientists say, and a new study reported by LiveScience gives a sense of just how closely. "Everyone is a 30th cousin"—or more closely related—in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, says researcher Itsik Pe'er. "They have a stretch of the genome... More »

Mutant Genes Linked to Long Life

DNA-protecting enzyme may be key to living to 100

(Newser) - Scientists have spotted a link among people who live to age 100: high levels of telomerase, an enzyme that protects DNA and could possibly be simulated in life-lengthening drugs. The enzyme repairs telomeres, end sections of DNA that have been likened to plastic tips that prevent shoelaces from unraveling. In... More »

Deadly Genes Make Euro Jews Smarter: Scientist

Scientists spark furor with controversial DNA theory

(Newser) - The genes that make European Jews susceptible to deadly diseases may also increase their intelligence, two scientists say. Arizona physicist Gregory Cochran stumbled on the theory when pondering why natural selection hasn't removed bad DNA from the gene pool that makes Ashkenazi Jews get so many diseases. His answer: ... More »

Scientists Link Gene Mutation to Longevity

Alteration makes cells less receptive to growth factor

(Newser) - A genetic mutation that makes cells less responsive to growth hormone has been linked to human longevity, Scientific American reports. A recent study looked at children of Ashkenazi Jews with a family history of long life and an average age of 98, and compared their genes with the children of... More »

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