Genetics


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


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


Genetic Diseases That Affect Sephardic Jews

By Forward Staff

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


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





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