Karen Iris Tucker


Genetics Lab Refuses To Share Data That Could Save Lives

By Karen Iris Tucker

Genetics Lab Refuses To Share Data That Could Save Lives
Since the Supreme Court ruling one year ago, Myriad Genetics is no longer the only lab in the United States conducting BRCA testing. But it refuses to share lifesaving data it has collected.Read More


Meet the Fifth (Jewish) Beatle — Manager Brian Epstein

By Karen Iris Tucker

Meet the Fifth (Jewish) Beatle — Manager Brian Epstein
Beatles manager Brian Epstein struggled with his sexuality and his Judaism right up until he died of a drug overdose. We discuss his legacy with the author of ‘The Fifth Beatle.’Read More


BRCA 'Jewish' Cancer Gene Mutations Often Go Untested — At Deadly Cost

By Karen Iris Tucker

BRCA 'Jewish' Cancer Gene Mutations Often Go Untested — At Deadly Cost
Testing for BRCA genetic mutations, tied to breast and ovarian cancers in Jewish women, isn’t common, despite proven risks. Marcia Watson-Levy learned the danger firsthand.Read More


Delays Plague Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research

By Karen Iris Tucker

Delays Plague Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research
Regulatory hurdles plague a new class of cancer drugs that showed encouraging results. Those obstacles have frustrated carriers of cancer-causing mutations, for whom medicine might prove helpful.Read More


Sitting Shiva for Spot?

By Karen Iris Tucker

Sitting Shiva for Spot?
There is no Jewish roadmap for how to properly mourn pets, nor any universal law or tradition for how to close the circle of a pet’s life, writes Karen Iris Tucker.Read More






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  • "I am wrapping up the summer with a beach vacation with my non-Jewish in-laws. They’re good people and real leftists who try to live the values they preach. This was a quality I admired, until the latest war in Gaza. Now they are adamant that American Jews need to take more responsibility for the deaths in Gaza. They are educated people who understand the political complexity, but I don’t think they get the emotional complexity of being an American Jew who is capable of criticizing Israel but still feels a deep connection to it. How can I get this across to them?"
  • “'I made a new friend,' my son told his grandfather later that day. 'I don’t know her name, but she was very nice. We met on the bus.' Welcome to Israel."
  • A Jewish female sword swallower. It's as cool as it sounds (and looks)!
  • Why did David Menachem Gordon join the IDF? In his own words: "The Israel Defense Forces is an army that fights for her nation’s survival and the absence of its warriors equals destruction from numerous regional foes. America is not quite under the threat of total annihilation… Simply put, I felt I was needed more in Israel than in the United States."
  • Leonard Fein's most enduring legacy may be his rejection of dualism: the idea that Jews must choose between assertiveness and compassion, between tribalism and universalism. Steven M. Cohen remembers a great Jewish progressive:
  • BREAKING: Missing lone soldier David Menachem Gordon has been found dead in central Israel. The Ohio native was 21 years old.
  • “They think they can slap on an Amish hat and a long black robe, and they’ve created a Hasid." What do you think of Hollywood's portrayal of Hasidic Jews?
  • “I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was 90.” Hedy Epstein fled Nazi Germany in 1933 on a Kinderstransport.
  • "A few decades ago, it would have been easy to add Jews to that list of disempowered victims. I could throw in Leo Frank, the victim of mob justice; or otherwise privileged Jewish men denied entrance to elite universities. These days, however, we have to search a lot harder." Are you worried about what's going in on #Ferguson?
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  • In the six years since Dothan launched its relocation program, 8 families have made the jump — but will they stay? We went there to find out:
  • "Jewish Israelis and West Bank Palestinians are witnessing — and living — two very different wars." Naomi Zeveloff's first on-the-ground dispatch from Israel:
  • This deserves a whistle: Lauren Bacall's stylish wardrobe is getting its own museum exhibit at Fashion Institute of Technology.
  • How do you make people laugh when they're fighting on the front lines or ducking bombs?
  • "Hamas and others have dredged up passages form the Quran that demonize Jews horribly. Some imams rail about international Jewish conspiracies. But they’d have a much smaller audience for their ravings if Israel could find a way to lower the flames in the conflict." Do you agree with J.J. Goldberg?
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