Genetics 2009


The Other Jewish Genetic Diseases

By Talia Bloch

Randall Belinfante was a bit baffled. When he and his wife went to take blood tests in preparation for starting a family in 2003, he discovered that the screening included a panel of tests for Ashkenazic Jewish genetic disorders. But Belinfante is Sephardic.Read More


For Four Decades, a Doctor’s Legacy of Life

By Micah Kelber

Forty years ago, when Dr. Felicia Axelrod began caring for patients with familial dysautonomia at the New York University Medical Center, 50% of parents who had children with the rare genetic disorder could expect to bury them before they reached the age of 5.Read More


In Jewish Genetic History, the Known Unknowns

By David B. Goldstein

The Jews have been a continuous feature of human history for at least 3,000 years. As much as perhaps any other group, the Jews have shaped and influenced the Western world, from antiquity to the present.Read More


Gaucher Patients Cope With Drug Shortage, as New Treatments Beckon

By Rebecca Dube

For thousands of people with Gaucher disease, the most common genetic disorder affecting Jews, the next few months will be challenging.Read More


Israeli Scientist Adapts Antibiotic That May Fight Genetic Disease

By Talia Bloch

A team of researchers in Israel has made a breakthrough in modifying an until-now highly toxic antibiotic so that it might one day be used to repair defective genes that cause diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Usher syndrome, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and even some cancers.Read More


New Niemann-Pick Mouse Engineered

By Michael Casper

It is with good reason that Edward Schuchman calls Niemann-Pick Disease type A a “very, very challenging disease.” The neurodegenerative disorder is rare, kills those who have it by age 2 or 3, and has no known cure. But in May, Schuchman and his research team at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York announced a breakthrough in their work on the disease.Read More


In Druze Genes, a Look Back at the Distant Past

By Nathan Jeffay

Who knew that Israel’s Druze had been holding a key to understanding an important dimension of human history?Read More


After Late-Onset Tay-Sachs Trial Is Pulled, Parents Pull Together

By Joy Resmovits

Perhaps it’s the urgency of Tay-Sachs that brought parents to action when a pharmaceutical company allowed a promising clinical trial to languish.Read More


Plaintiffs in Breast Cancer Gene Suit Hope To Overturn Patent Policy

By Nadja Spiegelman

‘If you walk out into the street and tell someone that a company owns their genes, they’ll look at you strangely,” said Barbara Brenner, executive director of Breast Cancer Action. “But that is exactly what has happened.”Read More


Living With LOTS, S.F. Woman Won’t Let Disease Win

By Joy Resmovits

Conventional wisdom dictates that runners, like most athletes, improve with experience. A promising freshman cross-country runner might become the school track star by senior year.Read More





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