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  • Need for genetic testing raised by new initiative GeneTestNow

    By Rebecca Steinberger

    March 13, 2013 | 7:53 am

    Significant advances in science enable us to no longer question what’s in our genes. This is especially important for Jews, who are far more likely to be carriers of certain genetic diseases than the general population. 

    Education and awareness about genetic screening have been...

  • Genetic study offers clues to history of North Africa’s Jews

    August 6, 2012 | 3:53 pm

    A new genetic analysis has reconstructed the history of North Africa’s Jews, showing that these populations date to biblical-era Israel and are not largely the descendants of natives who converted to Judaism, scientists reported on Monday.

    The study also shows that these Jews form...

  • Genetic research can open book on Jewish identity—for good and bad

    By Adam Wills

    December 10, 2008 | 11:12 pm

    Father William Sanchez wears a Star of David pendant on the same chain as his crucifix, and he keeps a menorah in his parish office. After a DNA test confirmed his Sephardic roots, the Albuquerque priest has been actively reconciling this discovery with his Catholic beliefs....
  • Researcher tracing Jewish genes meets the Kohanim of Africa [VIDEO]

    August 20, 2008 | 10:45 pm


    Dr. David B. Goldstein from Duke's Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy talks about tracking the genetic history of the ancient Jewish priesthood (kohanim) and the Lost Tribe of Israel, the focus of his new book, "Jacob's Legacy".


    For many people, genetics research conjures...

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  • Briefs

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It's in the Genes

    Back in the 1970s, there was a major push to get Jews screened for Tay Sachs before they got married. If two parents carry the Tay Sachs gene, a child could be born with the deadly disease. The push was highly successful, but geneticists now worry the effect may...

  • Turning Knowledge into Power

    By Jason B. Kohn

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The connection between Jewish women and cancer is unsettling, even terrifying, yet undeniably real. Too many have been diagnosed to be simple coincidence. What's happening to Jewish women? What can we do about it?

    On December 9, 1999, the University of Southern California/Norris...

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