Genetics


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


Decoding the Ashkenazi Genome May Offer Clues to Cancer, Diabetes

By Elie Dolgin

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


Yale Researchers Sally and Bennett Shaywitz Bust Dyslexia Myths

By Susan Fitzgerald

Yale researchers Sally and Bennett Shaywitz say there’s an upside to dyslexia. Those with the disorder tend to be out-of-the-box thinkers because they have trouble reading.Read More


Inflammatory Bowel Disease Information

Here’s a list of resources for Crohn’s and other inflammatory bowel diseases.Read More


Genetic Diseases Affecting Ashkenazi Jews

By Forward Staff

Here is a list of diseases that are often screened for in Jewish couples who are planning to have children because of an elevated risk of carrying a recessive mutation.Read More


Crohn's Is on the Rise Among Children

By Hannah Rubin

JEWISH GENETICS: More and more, kids are the victim of the inflammatory bowel disease Crohn’s. A study may determine which children will benefit from different treatments.Read More


Are Gaucher Disease and Parkinson's Linked?

By Susan FitzGerald

JEWISH GENETICS: Scientists are looking into a possible genetic link between Parkinson’s and Gaucher disease, which disproportionately affects Ashkenazi Jews.Read More


Mysterious Childhood Diseases of Sephardim

By Dorothy Brown

JEWISH GENETICS: A gene mutation that causes the devastating childhood disease PCCA is carried by more than 2% of Israeli Sephardi Jews.Read More


Without Tests, Heart Drug May Not Work

By Elie Dolgin

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


Delays Plague Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research

By Karen Iris Tucker

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





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