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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. 691 more words


Cracking the Code

In watching Cracking The Code of Life, I learned all about two companies competing to see who could map out the whole human genome first. One was known as the Human Genome Project, and their mission (funded by the government!!) was to crack the code of our genome and through doing so, also understand genetic issues like diseases and disorders. 477 more words