Hungarians present highest price of Ashkenazi genes after Israelis, firm says


JTA — Genetic exams performed in Hungary recommend that the relative prevalence there of Jewish genes is double that of the USA.

In current testing performed by the MyHeritage agency and the Institute for Jewish Coverage Analysis, barely greater than 7.5 p.c of four,981 individuals examined had greater than 25% Jewish Ashkenazi genes, the agency introduced Tuesday.

Hungary has about 100,000 people who find themselves thought of Jewish by the biggest group representing Hungarian Jewry. That quantity accounts for simply 1% of Hungary’s inhabitants.

Gilad Yefet, a consultant of MyHeritage, stated in a press release that testing in different nations means that Hungary has the very best prevalence of Ashkenazi Jewish genes after Israel.

A Jewish Hungarian woman, lined by an Israeli flag, appears to be like on the memorial of footwear remembering the Holocaust victims on the financial institution of the River Danube throughout a commemoration of Hungary’s Holocaust Day in downtown Budapest, Hungary, April 16, 2008. (AP Picture/Bela Szandelszky)

In exams performed in the USA and Canada, solely three.5% of examined people displayed Ashkenazi Jewish genes at a price exceeding 25% of their genetic materials.

Testing in Russia, Argentina and Ukraine all confirmed larger prevalence than in the USA however smaller than in Hungary, in response to the research by MyHeritage, which markets DNA exams commercially.