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Genetics and the history of the Samaritans: Y-chromosomal microsatellites and genetic affinity between Samaritans and Cohanim

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Oefner, Peter J. ; Hölzl, Georg ; Shen, Peidong ; Shpirer, Isaac ; Gefel, Dov ; Lavi, Tal ; Wolf, Eilon ; Cohen, Jonathan ; Cinnioglu, Cengiz ; Underhill, Peter A. ; Rosenberg, Noah A. ; Hochrein, Jochen ; Granka, Julie M. ; Hillel, Jossi ; Feldman, Marcus W.
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The Samaritans are a group of some 750 indigenous Middle Eastern people, about half of whom live in Holon, a suburb of Tel Aviv, and the other half near Nablus. The Samaritan population is believed to have numbered more than a million in late Roman times, but less than 150 in 1917. The ancestry of the Samaritans has been subject to controversy from late Biblical times to the present. In this ...


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