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If genetic testing can show that someone doesn't have a predominance of Jewish genetic markers (say as little as 20%) , do they need to convert to be considered Jewish by the Orthodox rebbes in Israel?

no. you can have gentile ancestry, provided they converted. so if people are married by an orthodox rabbi, it is presumed that he checked to ensure the jewish-ness of the parents, possibly by checking the ketubah of the parents of the couple getting married. and so on, back through the generation.

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