Genetics 2013


BRCA 'Jewish' Cancer Gene Mutations Often Go Untested — At Deadly Cost

By Karen Iris Tucker

Testing for BRCA genetic mutations, tied to breast and ovarian cancers in Jewish women, isn’t common, despite proven risks. Marcia Watson-Levy learned the danger firsthand.Read More


Coriell Institute Gives Patients a Genetic Crystal Ball — With Consequences

By Doni Bloomfield

A new program offers participants a sneak peek at their medical risks for common genetic diseases. But advance knowledge has its ups and downs.Read More


IBD Patients Reveal Their Lonely Childhood Stories

By Linda Kriger

Growing up can be hard. But try sharing with a friend your most intimate problem: that you live with a disease ravaging your waste disposal system.Read More


Non-Jews Hit by ‘Jewish’ Diseases Fall Through the Cracks of Genetic Screening

By Gabrielle Birkner

Tay-Sachs is probably the best known ‘Jewish’ disease. But the vast majority of babies born with the disease are not Jewish.Read More


Genetic Testing For Sephardic Jews Faces Reluctant Community

By Anne Cohen

Genetic diseases have been largely linked with Ashkenazim. But Sephardim too have ‘Jewish’ diseases — and a new generation is coming to terms with them.Read More


Decoding the Ashkenazi Genome May Offer Clues to Cancer, Diabetes

By Elie Dolgin

GENETICS 2013: Scientists have long been acutely interested in the genes of Ashkenazi Jews. They offer clues that could solve mysteries of diseases like cancer and diabetes.Read More


Yale Researchers Sally and Bennett Shaywitz Bust Dyslexia Myths

By Susan Fitzgerald

Yale researchers Sally and Bennett Shaywitz say there’s an upside to dyslexia. Those with the disorder tend to be out-of-the-box thinkers because they have trouble reading.Read More





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