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BBC News interviews Harry Ostrer, M.D., and The New York Times cites research by Gil Atzmon, Ph.D., in two articles about a new study on Jewish genetic history. The new study analyzed mitochondrial DNA, genetic information inherited through women, and found that at least 80 percent of Ashkenazi maternal ancestry hailed from Europe, not the Middle East, suggesting that many European Jewish communities were founded by men who married and converted local women. Dr. Ostrer is professor of pathology, of genetics and of pediatrics at Einstein and director of genetic and genomic testing at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Atzmon is associate professor of medicine and of genetics.

(Wednesday, October 09, 2013)

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The Wall Street Journal interviews Harry Ostrer, M.D., about an historic and unanimous Supreme Court ruling that determined human genes cannot be patented. Dr. Ostrer, one of the original plaintiffs in the case that centered on the BRCA1 and 2 genes, notes that the decision should help expand access to genetic testing and help reduce costs considerably. Dr. Ostrer is professor of pathology, of genetics and of pediatrics at Einstein and director of genetic and genomic testing at Montefiore Medical Center.

(Friday, June 14, 2013)

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Several Einstein faculty members and their research are featured in a National Geographic cover story on the potential genetic roots of longevity.  Harry Ostrer, M.D., Roee Holtzer, Ph.D., and Nir Barzilai, M.D., are quoted, providing insight into the some likely genetic factors of healthy aging and the varied physiological and behavioral outcomes of these factors. Ongoing epigenetic investigations by Francine Einstein, M.D. and John Greally, M.B.B.Ch, Ph.D., are also highlighted, as is Dr. Holtzer’s collaborator Joe Verghese, M.B.B.S.

(Thursday, April 18, 2013)

 

USA Today interviews Harry Ostrer, M.D., about a legal dispute before the U.S. Supreme Court that could change patent law that allows the patenting of human genes. Dr. Ostrer is the lone original plaintiff in the case. Dr. Ostrer is professor of pathology, of genetics and of pediatrics at Einstein and director of genetic and genomic testing at Montefiore Medical Center.

(Friday, April 12, 2013)

 

The Los Angeles Times features new genetic research led by Harry Ostrer, M.D., that makes the case for the biological basis of Jewishness. The recently published paper demonstrated that North African Jews’ genetic signatures are more closely related to Jews from around the world than to their non-Jewish North African neighbors. The work is a companion to Dr. Ostrer’s earlier research with similar findings in European and Middle Eastern Jews. Dr. Ostrer is professor of pathology, of genetics and of pediatrics at Einstein and director of genetic and genomic testing at Montefiore Medical Center.

(Tuesday, August 07, 2012)

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NPR's Marketplace features the comments of  genetics expert Dr. Harry Ostrer, M.D., in a report about the steep increase in spending on genetic tests and on the future of personalized medicine. Dr. Ostrer is professor of pathology, of genetics and of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and director of genetic and genomic testing at Montefiore Medical Center. (Monday, March 12, 2012)

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