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The Success Story of the Tay-Sachs Screening Programme

By Aisling Brinn

In 1971 the first carrier screening programme for Tay Sachs amongst the Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish population began. Before the programme began, Tay Sachs disease was 60-100 times more common in Ashkenazi Jews than in the overall population. 629 more words


Genetics and Health Symposium

The last assignment in my AP Biology class was the Genetics and Health Symposium project. The project was done in a group of three people. In these groups, we were to research a genetic disorder. 54 more words

Tay-Sachs Disease : Symptoms and Causes

Tay-Sach’s disease is a rare genetic disorder which results due to absence of an enzyme in the body that breaks down fatty substances.

The fatty substances accumulate in the body and affect child’s brain. 108 more words

Cracking the Code of Life!

Last Friday, the AP bio class watched a PBS documentary called Cracking the Code of Life. 

Cracking the Code of Life was all about the complex details of the… 347 more words

Supervillain or Superhero? The effects of autosomal recessive disorders on human evolution  

Often when we watch movies, we root for the superhero and despise the supervillain. After all, why would we want Dr. Evil and Mr. Bigglesworth to successfully dominate the world by turning the moon into a death star? 1,656 more words


How the Jews Beat Tay-Sachs: Screening for Disease Before Pregnancy

Tay-Sachs is a fatal hereditary neurological disease affecting young children. Ashkenazi Jews who trace their roots to Eastern Europe are more likely to be carriers—4 percent of Ashkenazi Jews in the United States is a carrier, compared to 0.4 percent in the general population. 692 more words