Many people don’t realize that Jewish men have the same chance as women of inheriting the BRCA gene mutation — or that male breast cancer poses a real threat.
Since the Supreme Court ruling one year ago, Myriad Genetics is no longer the only lab in the United States conducting BRCA testing. But it refuses to share lifesaving data it has collected.
Chances are, you probably haven’t heard of adult polyglucosan body disease. But a small study suggests that about one in 35 Ashkenazi Jews carry the mutation linked to it.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Because there is no cure, Jewish patients often get alternative care, like special Seders and yoga.
Rachel Landes was adopted into a Brooklyn half-Jewish family. For a long time, she ignored her Chinese heritage — until her sister convinced her to go on a trip to China.
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.
Are today’s Ashkenazi Jews descended from a central Asian people called the Khazars? A historian says no — and explains why that matters in the ‘are Jews a race?’ debate.
We usually think of opposing big government as a conservative precept. But Jay Michaelson thinks liberals also have plenty of reasons to dislike onerous regulation.
After Ayelet Galena died, her parents wanted to be sure a second child would be healthy. Doctors pinpointed her deadly genetic mutation — and now the couple have little Akiva.