Genetics


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


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


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


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


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





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