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  • 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...

  • Abraham’s Children: Genetic research opens book on Jewish identity—for good and bad

    By Adam Wills

    December 26, 2008 | 5:12 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.

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  • Prop. 73: The Devil’s in the Details

    By Angela J. Davis

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Californians go to the polls on Nov. 8, many will read Proposition 73 as a proposal to require that health care providers perform the seemingly logical task of informing parents before performing abortions on underage girls.

    But the considered opinions of doctors and Juvenile...

  • Web Helps Jews Trace Genes

    By Bill Gladstone

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Seven years ago, Montreal businessman Stan Diamond arranged to index the Jewish records of his ancestral town of Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland, because he wanted to trace the path of a rare genetic condition within his family tree.

    Diamond's goal was medical as well as genealogical,...

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  • A Decrease in Vigilance

    By David Evanier

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A conference on genetic diseases held by the Cultural Foundation of Habib Levy in November led The Journal to examine the Jewish community's reduced state of awareness about genetic testing for prospective parents. During the past 30 years, large-scale genetic screening of Ashkenazi...

  • The Trouble with Testing

    By Jason B. Kohn

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    As if we don't have enough problems, it seems there's an unlimited supply of horrific hereditary diseases just waiting to ensnare Jews and their children. Tay-Sachs cripples infants before their first birthday and eventually kills them, Gaucher disease erodes healthy bones and...
  • Conquering A Disease

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles residents Pam and George Smith never expected to create a foundation that would raise more than $4 million for research. But then, they never expected their daughter to be born with a genetic disease so rare that it effects only between 500 to 1,000 Americans.

    In the early...

  • Autism: The New Epidemic

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Barbara and Sheldon Helfing never expected to have one autistic child, much less two. Their son Leland, now 5, was born prematurely and began showing signs of a neurological disorder before...

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