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  • Cedars-Sinai to host symposium on inherited cancer risk

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 3, 2014 | 3:06 pm

    As a gynecologic oncologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the late 1980s, Dr. Beth Karlan and her colleagues noticed that cancer seems to cluster in certain families. In 1991, they established the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program to investigate the role heredity plays in...

  • The Jewish connection to stem cell research

    July 23, 2014 | 11:31 am

    More than a decade ago, Silviu Itescu and Michael Schuster were conducting research in a laboratory at Columbia University and made a discovery involving a type of human stem cell that could be used to treat rats during a heart attack. 

    The revolutionary finding demonstrated the...

  • Colorado Indians, Jews share genetic marker

    May 30, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    Israeli geneticists have linked a Native American population in Colorado to Jews expelled from Spain during the Inquisition.

    Geneticists at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv discovered the genetic mutation marker BRCA1 in a group of Mexican Indians who had emigrated from Mexico...

  • 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....
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  • 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...

  • VIDEO: Duke professor searches for ‘kohanim’ genetic marker

    July 21, 2008 | 6:15 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 news book, “Jacob’s Legacy”.

  • Gene test kits—can they lead to dating services?

    By Annalee Newitz

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    A company called 23andme.com launched recently and got wads of media attention for being the first user-friendly Web site devoted to home genomics tests and analysis. For just $1,000, the company will take a swab of your cheek, sequence your genome and tell you a bunch of things...
  • Tzedakah or genetics?  Hebrew University identifies possible ‘generosity gene’

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 11, 2007 | 10:03 pm


    You give because it’s a mitzvah, your religious side says (because it’s the right thing to do, adds your inner ethicist.)

    That’s what we like to think—it’s certainly what we tell ourselves.

    But what if all our self-congratulation covers up the real truth?  Check this out (from...

  • [VIDEO] If Baruch Obama and Dick Cheney are cousins, what about us?

    By The Web Guy

    October 23, 2007 | 10:33 pm

    I’ve said it before, we—Jews—are family.

    We are the children of Avraham Avinu (Abraham Our Father) and some of us are descendants of the first Jewish priest—the first Cohen—Aaron, brother of Moshe Rabbenu (Moses Our Teacher.)

    It’s all there in Jon Entine’s cutting-edge new book,...

  • VIDEO: More on Jewish genetics—we are family!

    By The Web Guy

    September 1, 2007 | 12:58 am

    From The Forward in NYC:

    One Big, Happy Family
    Litvaks and Galitzianers, Lay Down Your Arms;
    Science Finds Unity in the Jewish Gene Pool

    Histororically [sic] speaking, Jews have hardly been strangers to the art of drawing sharp distinctions among themselves. But according to a...

  • Are Jews smarter? And non-Jews—not so much?

    By The Web Guy

    August 28, 2007 | 11:22 pm

    Ever since researcher Gary Cochran of the University of Utah sought to explain the apparent Ashkenazi intelligence edge as an easily-understood example of natural selection, the idea has attracted criticism from scholars of every persuasion. Here’s his thesis:
    ...
    In the Middle Ages,...

  • Many With Gaucher Unaware of Disease

    By Andrea Waxman

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Jewish New Yorker Joan La Belle, now 70-something, was in her mid-20s, she began to experience scary symptoms, suggesting a serious health problem: "I felt exhausted, had rough menstrual periods with very heavy bleeding and terrible nose bleeds."

    She also suffered...

  • You Are What You Eat

    By Howard Nemetz

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I am a vegetarian. I know there was a big controversy brewing over kosher meat, but I'm not sure what the Jewish position

    on vegetarianism is. I suppose as long as the vegetables are pulled from the ground in a quick and humane manner, no one can object too strenuously to it. I...

  • Alcohol Dependency Not in Our Genes

    By Donna Abrahams

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A new study suggests that genes, not religion, may help explain why Jews generally have fewer problems with alcohol than Caucasians in general do.

    The study findings, which appeared in an issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, also suggest that the protective...

  • Muscular Disorder Won’t Stop Siblings

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As young adults, brothers Babak and Daniel Darvish, born less than two years apart, were avid athletes, music lovers and medical students who planned to become surgeons. But about five years ago, they discovered that they shared something besides their hobbies and professional...

  • The Art of the Matter

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When artist Ted Meyer was first diagnosed with Gaucher disease, a lipid-storage disorder that is the most common genetic disease affecting Jews of Eastern European descent, he used his artistic talents to express his pain.

    Now fully recovered due to breakthroughs in treatment, the...

  • The Cost of Boycott

    By Bonnie Lipton

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For some time, Dr. Eitan Galun, the head of Hadassah Medical Organization's Goldyne Savad Gene Therapy Institute, has been engaged in research to cure a genetic disease prevalent in the Palestinian community. He recently requested genetic material from a Norwegian scientist and was...

  • The Neurobiology of Teshuvah

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As a scientist and a believer in human progress, I have been concerned about how well the established process of teshuvah (repentance) has worked. Yom Kippur after Yom Kippur - in fact, since the 11th century - we have recited the same confessional prayer, "Al Chet." If we were any...

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