In Israel, home to one third of the world’s Ashkenazim, about 1 in every 220 people suffer from inflammatory bowel disorder. Now, the condition is on the rise among Ethiopian immigrants.
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.
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.
JEWISH GENETICS: Could tiny parasitic worms in fish render the fish unkosher? Rabbis headed to the American Museum of Natural History to find out.
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.
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.
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.