Genetics


6 Things You Need to Know About Jewish Sperm

By Hody Nemes

Be fruitful and multiply, the Bible says. But donating — or receiving — Jewish sperm isn’t as straight-forward as it sounds. Here’s what you need to know about Jews and their sperm.Read More


Using the Genes of Israeli Wheat To Fight Climate Change

By Richard Blaustein

Experts found a way to boost the yield of grain in Israel: They search wild wheat for useful genes that can be bred into commercial grain and make it more resistant to climate change.Read More


How Angelina Jolie Changed Things For People With BRCA Mutations

By Karen Iris Tucker

A year after Angelina Jolie went public about her double mastectomy, interest in genetic testing has increased. But a worrying trend is also shaping up: unnecessary breast-removal surgeries.Read More


Was She at Risk for Cancer or Wasn’t She?

By Dorothy Brown

What do you do if several family members have cancer, but testing shows that you don’t carry a known, faulty mutation? Here is one personal story of how to deal with an unknown risk factor.Read More


Why Are Jews At Higher Risk For Pancreatic Cancer?

By Cheryl Alkon

About 1 in 40 American Jews will get pancreatic cancer. The reasons for this high risk are not well understood, but an ongoing study could shed light on the genes involved.Read More


Two Grieving Mothers, One Friendship

By Gabrielle Birkner

Becky Benson and Emily Rapp both lost a child to Tay Sachs disease. Other than that, they had little in common – until they became each other’s ‘grief mentor.’Read More


Searching for My Birth Mother's Jewish Heritage

By Albert Stern

Albert Stern was adopted into an Orthodox Jewish family. When he underwent DNA testing, what he found out about his birth mother wasn’t what he expected.Read More


FMF Patients Battle for Awareness and Affordable Drugs

By Gabe Friedman

There is no cure for Familial Mediterranean Fever, which strikes 1 in 200 Sephardic Jews. A drug called colchicine manages the symptoms — but rising costs makes it tricky to obtain.Read More


A Network for Courageous Parents Offers New Views, Advice on Grief

By Gabrielle Birkner

Grieving parents find support and a way to cope with their child’s fatal diagnosis in the Network For Courageous Parents, a new videocentric online resource.Read More


The Genes That Affect Indian-Jewish Vision

By Nathan Jeffay

A mysterious genetic mutation causes sight problems that affect 1 in 10 Indian Jews in Israel. Geneticist Ohad Birk, who discovered the mutation, now wants to understand what it does.Read More





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