Genetic Testing

Bringing Genetic Screening Home

JScreen allows Jews to test for hereditary diseases with mail-in saliva test.

Staff Writer
04/21/2015 - 20:00

An innovative, Atlanta-based screening program for Jewish genetic diseases has expanded its geographic scope and medical capabilities since it was founded a year and a half ago — and, with the help of one supporter from Long Island, recently reached nearly 200 Jewish college students on one campus in one day.

Hillary Kener, JScreen’s national outreach director. Courtesy of JScreen

Fighting Genetic Disease Among The Bedouins

Ben-Gurion University team seen making headway with testing, outreach.

Israel Correspondent
04/21/2015 - 20:00

There has been a 30 percent reduction in the infant mortality rate in Israel’s Bedouin community of southern Israel during the past few years, and much of that success is due to the diagnosis and prevention of many genetic diseases that have plagued the community for centuries Much of the research into these diseases, which can cause everything from severe developmental delays and fatal heart malformations to blindness and immune deficiencies, has been taking place in the southern city of Beersheva under the leadership of Dr. Ohad Birk. 

Dr. Ohad Birk, left, with Dr. Khalil Elbedour in a Bedouin village. Courtesy of Ben-Gurion University

Healthcare October 2012

New Genetic Testing Method Can Be Mixed Blessing
Staff Writer
10/17/2012 - 20:00

A new method of genetic testing that can detect more problems in a fetus, but also reveal confusing information about chromosomal anomalies, will soon become more widely available to expectant mothers; a clinical trial has proven its advantages over standard methods of fetal genetic testing.

Barbara Bernhardt

Healthcare October 2012

A World of Research Mixed blessing for new genetic testing method, men and the BRCA mutations and more.
10/17/2012 - 20:00
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New Genetic Testing Method Can Be Mixed Blessing

‘Microarray’ has implications for women over 35, when many Jewish women are often bearing children.
10/15/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Anew method of genetic testing that can detect more problems in a fetus, but also reveal confusing information about chromosomal anomalies, will soon become more widely available to expectant mothers; a clinical trial has proven its advantages over standard methods of fetal genetic testing.

enetic counselor Barbara Bernhardt.

On Tu B’Av, Remember The Importance Of Genetic Testing

08/01/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As Jews, we don’t have many light-hearted holidays, but this week we’ll celebrate one of them, Tu B’Av. Casually known as the Jewish Valentine’s day, Tu B’Av is the counterbalance to the most difficult of all our holidays, Tisha B’Av.  While we fast and remember all of our hardships and trials during Tisha B’Av, this week we will engage in mirth, and celebrate love and joy.  Many will wed, and according to Jewish lore many will meet their matches on Tu B’Av.
 

Estie Rose

Training Rabbis To Promote Screening

Ashkenazi Jews are potential carriers for 16 devastating genetic ailments: how tests can prevent a lot of heartache.
10/25/2010 - 20:00
Editorial Assistant

Steve Hoffman had never heard of Tay-Sachs Disease. When his eldest son, Harry, was diagnosed with the disease at 5 ½ months, he and his wife were shocked and devastated.

Rabbis gathered last week to hear from parents of children with genetic diseases. Steven Rosen Photography

Specter Of Master Race Clouds Genome Joy

06/29/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
While Jewish leaders joined in hailing this week’s announcement that the human genetic code had been deciphered, their enthusiasm was tempered by their knowledge of how the Nazis tried to use eugenics to create a master race.

Fear Of Tay-Sachs Resurgence Seen

12/10/1998 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Although Tay-Sachs, a fatal genetic disease, has been almost eradicated from the Jewish community because of the high rate of genetic screening among Jews, a genetics expert is warning of a possible resurgence because of the increased rate of intermarriage.

Group Charged With ‘Playing God’ Over Genetic Testing

12/25/2008 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher
A national medical expert charged this week that the head of the leading organization screening for Jewish genetic diseases is “playing God” by withholding information from people who have tested positive for Gaucher’s disease, a serious and often painful illness that effects one in 450 to 500 Ashkenazim, making it the most common of Jewish genetic diseases.
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