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Why Ashkenazic Jews smarter
April 30, 2009, 1:43 pm
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Genetic diseases prevalent among Ashkenazic Jews (of European descent) may actually be tied to a higher intellience quotient, according to two American professors.

Anthropology researches Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending argue that neurological disorders such as Tay-Sachs and Canavan disease have made Jews smarter, due to what is known as heterozygote advantage.

The condition of having one copy of a mutated gene can present a health benefit, they say, whereas having two can be deadly.

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