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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, only if their mother wasn't Jewish when they were born. Genetics have nothing to do with being Jewish. That should be obvious since anyone can convert to Judaism regardless of their genetic makeup, and their children are just as Jewish as you, I, or the Chief Rabbi are!!!
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