Elie Dolgin


Decoding the Ashkenazi Genome May Offer Clues to Cancer, Diabetes

By Elie Dolgin

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.Read More


Without Tests, Heart Drug May Not Work

By Elie Dolgin

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.Read More


A (Kosher) Can of Worms

By Elie Dolgin

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.Read More


Gene Pinpoints Heritage, Causes Concern

By Elie Dolgin

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.Read More


As Testing Grows, So Do Questions About Its Scope

By Elie Dolgin

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.Read More






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