Talia Bloch


Bakashot Makes Unlikely Comeback as Sephardic Jews Explore Traditions

By Talia Bloch

The singing of bakashot, which literally means “requests,” was once common practice among Sephardic Jews across the Middle East and North Africa, but it has waned in many communities over the past two generations.Read More


A Common Mutation Behind Parkinson's Disease May Have Other Side-Effects

By Talia Bloch

A Common Mutation Behind Parkinson's Disease May Have Other Side-Effects
GENETICS 2013: A study published in March in Nature Neuroscience reported that mutations on the LRRK2 gene, responsible for approximately 15% of Parkinson’s among Ashkenazi Jews, leads to the malfunctioning of a disposal system in the cell that recycles old proteins.Read More


Jewish Men in Middle of PSA Controversy

By Talia Bloch

Jewish Men in Middle of PSA Controversy
JEWISH GENETICS: Many Jewish men have a BRCA mutation, which is linked to prostate cancer risks. But is the PSA test risky?Read More


New Technology Identifies Genes Behind Rare Eye Disorder

By Talia Bloch

New Technology Identifies Genes Behind Rare Eye Disorder
Scientists are using a revolutionary technique to pinpoint genetic problems that cause a rare eye disorder. It could transform treatments and prevent blindness.Read More


Could Kashrut Be Partly To Blame for Crohn's Disease?

By Talia Bloch

Could Kashrut Be Partly To Blame for Crohn's Disease?
Jews are much more likely than others to contract Crohn’s disease, leading scientists to suspect a genetic link. Could kosher diet and an urban lifestyle be the real cause?Read More



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