Searching for My Birth Mother's Jewish Heritage

By Albert Stern

Albert Stern was adopted into an Orthodox Jewish family. When he underwent DNA testing, what he found out about his birth mother wasn’t what he expected.Read More

Genetics Lab Refuses To Share Data That Could Save Lives

By Karen Iris Tucker

Since the Supreme Court ruling one year ago, Myriad Genetics is no longer the only lab in the United States conducting BRCA testing. But it refuses to share lifesaving data it has collected.Read More

When Men Get Breast Cancer

By Anne Cohen

Many people don’t realize that Jewish men have the same chance as women of inheriting the BRCA gene mutation — or that male breast cancer poses a real threat.Read More

Genetic Nerve Disease Puts Photographer on Other Side of the Lens

By Yardain Amron

Chances are, you probably haven’t heard of adult polyglucosan body disease. But a small study suggests that about one in 35 Ashkenazi Jews carry the mutation linked to it.Read More

From Seder to Yoga, a Jewish Approach to Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

By Kenny Suleimanagich

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Because there is no cure, Jewish patients often get alternative care, like special Seders and yoga.Read More

My 'Birthright' Trip to China

By Rachel X. Landes

Rachel Landes was adopted into a Brooklyn half-Jewish family. For a long time, she ignored her Chinese heritage — until her sister convinced her to go on a trip to China.Read More

All About Genetic Diseases That Strike Sephardic Jews

By Forward Staff

Here’s all you need tot know about Sephardic Jewish diseases, with information on symptoms, causes and carrier rates, as well as the affected geographic regions of origin.Read More

What You Need To Know About Ashkenazi Genetic Diseases

By Forward Staff

On average, 1 in 4 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier for at least one genetic disease. The Forward Staff has compiled a guide to the 19 most common heritable diseases along with information on symptoms, causes and carrier and detection frequency for each.Read More

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

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