Genetics 2014

6 Things You Need to Know About Jewish Sperm

By Hody Nemes

Be fruitful and multiply, the Bible says. But donating — or receiving — Jewish sperm isn’t as straight-forward as it sounds. Here’s what you need to know about Jews and their sperm.Read More

A Network for Courageous Parents Offers New Views, Advice on Grief

By Gabrielle Birkner

Grieving parents find support and a way to cope with their child’s fatal diagnosis in the Network For Courageous Parents, a new videocentric online resource.Read More

FMF Patients Battle for Awareness and Affordable Drugs

By Gabe Friedman

There is no cure for Familial Mediterranean Fever, which strikes 1 in 200 Sephardic Jews. A drug called colchicine manages the symptoms — but rising costs makes it tricky to obtain.Read More

Searching for My Birth Mother's Jewish Heritage

By Albert Stern

Albert Stern was adopted into an Orthodox Jewish family. When he underwent DNA testing, what he found out about his birth mother wasn’t what he expected.Read More

When Men Get Breast Cancer

By Anne Cohen

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.Read More

Genetics Lab Refuses To Share Data That Could Save Lives

By Karen Iris Tucker

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.Read More

Genetic Nerve Disease Puts Photographer on Other Side of the Lens

By Yardain Amron

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.Read More

My 'Birthright' Trip to China

By Rachel X. Landes

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.Read More

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