Not long ago, having a baby was a fairly straightforward venture. When a couple decided to have a child, they’d ditch the birth control pills and dim the lights. But with no plastic wand with twin purple lines to offer instant at-home confirmation, there was no easy way to gauge success.
When Joselin Linder’s father William died of a sudden and debilitating mystery disease in his late 40s, she didn’t realize that it was the marker of a deadly gene that was stalking her family. Twenty years on, she, her sister and her cousins live under the shadow of a gene variant that seems to have uniquely appeared three generations earlier in her family. Although progressing rapidly, genetic science still has no answers for the gene that Linder carries, nor a cure.
23andMe has won approval to test for a host of genetically-linked illnesses, including Gaucher’s Disease, which primarily affects Jews.
Because of her genetic makeup, Sarah faced a series of hard choices when she decided to have children — but she was glad the choices were hers to make.
Israelis have wholeheartedly embraced genetic testing to create the “perfect baby,” but that quest raises ethical and legal questions.
Ari Feldman talks to Times columnist Carl Zimmer about the secrets, the history and the biology of Zimmer’s own genome.
When Harvey Singer’s prostate cancer was supposedly in remission, he noticed something alarming in his blood tests. Here’s why men should learn from his example.
Lorelei Sandoval and her husband had noticed their four-month-old son, Isaac, had an eye problem. It wasn’t until the doctor asked them if they were Jewish descent that Sandoval started getting nervous.
Angel Moses found out she had breast cancer when she was 38. The surprise? The so-called Jewish gene mutation that escalated her risk for the disease came from her father.
Gene therapy is making progress in treating genetic diseases affecting Jews, but scientists say challenges still remain.