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Curling Champ: Adam Freilich, 21, the Israeli national team’s captain, at the European championships in the Netherlands.

How Israel’s Curlers Hope To Reach the Olympics

Israel’s national curling team was only formed this year. Can it reach the Olympics in a winter sport where you throw 42-pound granite rocks along an icy surface?

Thinking Big: Itsik Pe?er, a computational biologist at Columbia University is leading effort to decode 1,500 Ashkenazi Jews.

Decoding the Ashkenazi Genome May Offer Clues to Cancer, Diabetes

GENETICS 2013: Scientists have long been acutely interested in the genes of Ashkenazi Jews. They offer clues that could solve mysteries of diseases like cancer and diabetes.

Heart Patient Daniel Siegel: He was never tested to see if his genetics might thwart his anticlotting medicine.

Without Tests, Heart Drug May Not Work

JEWISH GENETICS: Physicians rarely consider DNA data when prescribing Plavix, a common heart drug. That’s too bad, because genetic tests can help determine the its effectiveness.

Solving Mystery: Orthodox Union rabbis sought DNA testing help from American Museum of Natural History researcher Sebastien Kvist (seated, right) to learn the origins of microscopic worms in capelin roe (below) and sardines.

A (Kosher) Can of Worms

JEWISH GENETICS: Could tiny parasitic worms in fish render the fish unkosher? Rabbis headed to the American Museum of Natural History to find out.

Killer Gene: A structural schematic of the of protein encoded by the BRCA1 gene.

Gene Pinpoints Heritage, Causes Concern

A Hispanic town unexpectedly found out residents had a genetic mutation that pointed to Jewish heritage. It also put them at much greater risk of getting breast cancer.

As Testing Grows, So Do Questions About Its Scope

On a rainy day in May, 46 people had their blood drawn in the basement of the Park Avenue Synagogue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan as part of a community screening for Jewish genetic diseases.

Picture of Good Health: A Q&A with Susan Gross

Yeshiva University officially launched its new Program for Jewish Genetic Health with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in February. But the program’s roots go back much further than that. Inspired by Yeshiva’s Tay-Sachs community screens of the 1970s, Dr. Susan Gross, medical director of the human genetics laboratory at the Jacobi Medical Center, launched a pilot effort five years ago to provide New York’s Jewish community with accessible and affordable testing for recessive genetic diseases.

Genealogy: From top, Pickrell, Voss and Moore discovered their Jewish heritages through recently available DNA testing.

Family Roots

Last April, Joseph Pickrell sent a tube of his saliva to the California genetic testing company 23andMe. After spending years studying other people’s DNA, the 27-year-old doctoral student at the University of Chicago decided he wanted to learn more about his own genetic ancestry.