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New DNA home testing kit to help millions around the world discover their Jewish roots

By Mason White 6:00 PM September 1, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A new DNA home testing kit will help millions of people around the world discover their Jewish roots.

A Jewish Institute suggests using the kit to help millions of people around the world discover the Jewish roots and strengthen the bond between Jews and Israel.

“Millions of people worldwide are discovering they have Jewish roots as a result of the DNA testing,” the Jewish People Policy Institute wrote in its annual report.

The president of the Jewish People Policy Institute, Avinoam Bar-Yosef, said that Israel should make efforts to promote these tests.

“Just as the State of Israel has invested resources in the study and promotion of archeology, in part to demonstrate and strengthen the connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, by investing in research fields of genetics, Israeli scientists could be at the forefront of this growing field, not only to demonstrate the historical connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, but to help refute studies that manipulate data in order to undermine that connection,” the institute wrote in its report.