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

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

As Testing Grows, So Do Questions About Its Scope

By Elie Dolgin

On a rainy day in May, 46 people had their blood drawn in the basement of the Park Avenue Synagogue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan as part of a community screening for Jewish genetic diseases.Read More

Induced Stem Cells Promise ‘A Whole New Way To Do Medicine’

By Ariel Bleicher

A new method of growing cells helps scientists find treatments for genetic diseases like Riley-Day syndrome. It also means they don’t have to use human embryos.Read More

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