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This enzyme, which is found in the red blood cells, comes in two chemi-
cal forms, determined by two different alleles at one gene locus. One of
these alleles, Ak2, has not been observed in American Indians and is rare
among Negroes. Its frequency is highly variable in Asian populations but
very uniform in whites. As shown in Table IO (in the Appendix), the
frequencies of the alleles in the Middle East are very similar to the values in
Europe. Jews as well as non-Jews from these regions average about 4-5% of
Ak2. North African Jews have a similar value.25 There were no significant
differences among any of the Jewish groups nor between the Jews and the
Israeli Arabs. No data are available for North African Arabs. In Ethiopia the
frequency of gene Ak2 is lower, 1.32%.

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