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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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New York magazine interviews Nir Barzilai, M.D., and Gil Atzmon, Ph.D., for a cover story on exceptional aging that centers on Irving Kahn (age 105) and his siblings, all participants in Einstein’s Longevity Genes Project. Dr. Barzilai is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research and director of the Institute for Aging Research. Dr. Atzmon is assistant professor of medicine and of genetics. (Monday, November 07, 2011)


NBC's The Today Show interviews Gil Atzmon, Ph.D., about the science of aging and whether measuring the length of a person's telomeres can be used to predict life span.  Dr. Atzmon notes that not enough research has been done on telomeres, so currently available consumer tests cannot provide accurate results. Dr. Atzmon is assistant professor of medicine and of genetics. (Wednesday, July 13, 2011)


The Los Angeles Times features comments by Gil Atzmon, Ph.D., on the results of a recent study on genetics and obesity that highlighted the positive effects of physical activity. The study found that even people with a strong genetic predisposition to obesity can offset their risk of being overweight by being physically active. Dr. Atzmon noted that DNA doesn't necessarily mean destiny; changing your lifestyle can contribute to better health. Dr. Atzmon is assistant professor of medicine and of genetics. (Wednesday, September 01, 2010)

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The New York Times features research by Gil Atzmon, Ph.D., and Edward Burns, M.D., which found genetic links among Jewish people. The study, in conjunction with NYU, was published in the American Journal of Human Genetic. It provides the first detailed genetic maps of the three major Jewish subpopulations — Ashkenazi, Sephardic and Mizrahi — formed by the Diasporas (the scattering of Jews throughout Europe and the Middle East). These genetic links could provide the origins to many common diseases, including cancer and diabetes. Dr. Atzmon is assistant professor of medicine and of genetics and Dr. Burns is executive dean and professor of pathology and of medicine. (Wednesday, June 09, 2010)

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Discover Magazine (Gene Expression blog)
U.S. News & World Report (via Healthday)
United Press International (UPI)
New York Post (June 13, 2010)

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