Here’s all you need tot know about Sephardic Jewish diseases, with information on symptoms, causes and carrier rates, as well as the affected geographic regions of origin.
On average, 1 in 4 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier for at least one genetic disease. The Forward Staff has compiled a guide to the 19 most common heritable diseases along with information on symptoms, causes and carrier and detection frequency for each.
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