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  • New option for Jewish genetic testing

    February 11, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    When a Jewish couple is planning their wedding or anticipating starting a family, they probably aren’t thinking much about rare genetic conditions. But JScreen, an educational and screening program, urges couples to add genetic testing to their to-do list. And by offering...

  • Jewish movement disorders and genetics

    October 21, 2014 | 8:17 am

    As I was sitting (and standing) in a synagogue over the holidays I let my mind wander, as I often do under similar circumstances, and tried to answer the eternal question: If God designated the Jews as the “Chosen People” why did he/she also referred to them as the “stiff-necked...
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Thank you, David Rimoin

    By Gina Nahai

    June 6, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    There’s a country, I know, out in the sapphire glass heart of the universe, where every sick and ailing child has a likeness: One is of the flesh; the other, of light. One embodies what is; the other, what should have been.

    What should have been, what would be, but for the tiny...

  • Dramatic progress in in-vitro detection spurs new push for Ashkenazi Jews to do genetic disease test

    August 24, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Susan and Brad Stillman grew concerned following their son Benjamin’s birth in September 1998. He was fussy and congested, had difficulty breastfeeding and didn’t take to the bottle.

    The parents brought him to the pediatrician and then to a hospital pediatric care unit near...

  • Preimplantation diagnosis of Jewish genetic diseases: An interview with Snunit Ben-Ozer, M.D.

    By Norman Lavin, M.D, PhD., UCLA Medical School

    February 14, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    Dr. Lavin: There are several methods to prevent genetic diseases generally and in Jewish people specifically. (See my previous blog on Jewish Genetic Diseases.) I have the distinct pleasure of interviewing an expert in Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology who will discuss...

  • Introduction to Jewish Genetic Diseases: Part 2

    By Norman Lavin, M.D, PhD., UCLA Medical School

    February 3, 2011 | 12:05 am

    In Part 1 on Jewish Genetic Diseases, I described concepts of genetic testing, the Genome Project, preimplantation diagnosis, genetic engineering and gene therapy.  The following questions and answers explain in more detail how these programs are implemented.


    1.  What is...