Genetics


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

By Karen Iris Tucker

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


Coriell Institute Gives Patients a Genetic Crystal Ball — With Consequences

By Doni Bloomfield

A new program offers participants a sneak peek at their medical risks for common genetic diseases. But advance knowledge has its ups and downs.Read More


Non-Jews Hit by ‘Jewish’ Diseases Fall Through the Cracks of Genetic Screening

By Gabrielle Birkner

Tay-Sachs is probably the best known ‘Jewish’ disease. But the vast majority of babies born with the disease are not Jewish.Read More


IBD Patients Reveal Their Lonely Childhood Stories

By Linda Kriger

Growing up can be hard. But try sharing with a friend your most intimate problem: that you live with a disease ravaging your waste disposal system.Read More


Eating Salad as a Gluten-Free Experiment Dedicated To Mom

By Yermi Brenner

When Yermi Brenner learned he was at risk of developing celiac disease like his mother, he went on a gluten-free diet. Countless salads later, he is not impressed.Read More


Gut Wrenching Story: One Woman's Struggle With Ulcerative Colitis

By Linda Kriger

When we speak of our gastrointestinal tract, which we rarely do, we often resort to euphemisms. One writer shares the tale of her unfriendly relationship with the toilet.Read More


Get Help for Genetic Diseases

By Forward Staff

Here is a list of institutions that provide treatment, support and testing for Jewish genetic diseases.Read More


New Research by Israeli Scientists Shows Imprints of Brain Activity

By Nathan Jeffay

Patterns of activity in the brain change depending on what we are doing. Israeli scientists are exploring if imprints of these patterns remain for hours or days, like footprints in the sand.Read More


How Do You Cope When a Disease Causes Your Body To Attack its Own Skin

By Maia Efrem

Pemphigus is a rare autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own skin. The ailment has a higher incidence among Ashkenazi Jews.Read More


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

By Talia Bloch

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





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