A male’s DNA contains information that can help scientists guess his surname, American and Israeli researchers have discovered. The findings have serious implications for data privacy; intelligence services around the world are bound to be interested.
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.
JEWISH GENETICS: Scientists are looking into a possible genetic link between Parkinson’s and Gaucher disease, which disproportionately affects Ashkenazi Jews.
JEWISH GENETICS: A gene mutation that causes the devastating childhood disease PCCA is carried by more than 2% of Israeli Sephardi Jews.
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.
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.
JEWISH GENETICS: Since the beginning of “Got Swabbed?” bone marrow drive, one college registered over 5,500 students. Thirteen ended up as donors.
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.
JEWISH GENETICS: Could tiny parasitic worms in fish render the fish unkosher? Rabbis headed to the American Museum of Natural History to find out.
Here is a list of instutions that provide treatment and support and testing for Jewish genetic diseases.