Genetics


Hillels Stage College Drives To Save Lives

By Blair Thornburgh

JEWISH GENETICS: Since the beginning of “Got Swabbed?” bone marrow drive, one college registered over 5,500 students. Thirteen ended up as donors.Read More


Genetic Screening Is Increasingly Complicated

By Forward Staff

It is standard practice to test for genetic mutations in Ashkenazi Jews. But, for Sephardi Jews, testing is more complicated. For both groups, the tests continue to come with challenges.Read More


A (Kosher) Can of Worms

By Elie Dolgin

JEWISH GENETICS: Could tiny parasitic worms in fish render the fish unkosher? Rabbis headed to the American Museum of Natural History to find out.Read More


Get Help for Genetic Diseases

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


Jewish Men in Middle of PSA Controversy

By Talia Bloch

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


A Young Couple Tests Compatibility

By Simi Lampert

JEWISH GENETICS: An Orthodox genetic screening system won’t tell participants if they are carriers for diseases. One soon-to-be married couple wanted the truth.Read More


Cystic Fibrosis Knows No Borders

By Nathan Jeffay

JEWISH GENETICS: A Jewish doctor and a West Bank colleague encourage Palestinians to undergo genetic testing for cystic fibrosis.Read More


Being Jewish Is More Mind Than Matter

By Robert Pollack

JEWISH GENETICS: Research that Jews may share common ancestry is interesting. But being Jewish is about much more than shared DNA, writes Robert Pollack.Read More


Jewish Genetic Diseases? There’s An App for That

By Aaron Yellin

Move aside Angry Birds. There’s a new “killer app” in the iTunes store.Read More


To Test or Not, for This Rare Bone Marrow Disease?

By Ellen Friedrichs

The bone marrow disease called CAMT is extremely rare among the general population. It may have long gone undiagnosed, especially among Ashkenazi Jews.Read More





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