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Jewish Genetic Diseases Go Well Beyond Tay-Sachs

Jewish Exponent - Sep 22, 2016
If these sound unfamiliar, it's probably because the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Jewish genetic diseases is most likely Tay-Sachs disease. You've probably even gotten tested for Tay-Sachs, as it occurs most commonly in people ...

Marrying your cousin? Are there evolutionary benefits from inbreeding?

Genetic Literacy Project - Oct 12, 2016
Sickle cell disease (concentrated in equatorial populations), Tay-Sachs disease (common among Ashkenazi Jews and French Canadians), cystic fibrosis and phenylketonuria are all classic examples of recessive diseases that are disproportionately common ...

The Astounding Whiteness Of Genetic Research

Vocativ - Oct 12, 2016
It's no secret that some disease-causing mutations are more common in people of certain backgrounds — Ashkenazi Jews have an increased incidence of Tay-Sachs disease and there is an increased incidence of sickle cell disease among people of ...

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The Still Point of the Turning World

by: Emily Rapp
“A brilliant study of the wages of mortal love.” —The New York Times Book Review

What does it mean to be a success? To be a good parent? To live a meaningful life? Emily Rapp thought she knew the answers when she was pregnant with her first child. But everything changed when nine-month-old Ronan was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare and always-fatal degenerative disorder.  He was not expected to live beyond the age of three. Rapp and her husband were forced to re-evaluate everything they thought they knew about parenting and to learn to parent without a future.
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Testing Fate: Tay-Sachs Disease and the Right to Be Responsible

by: Shelley Z. Reuter

In today’s world, responsible biocitizenship has become a new way of belonging in society. Individuals are expected to make “responsible” medical choices, including the decision to be screened for genetic disease. Paradoxically, we have even come to see ourselves as having the right to be responsible vis-à-vis the proactive mitigation of genetic risk. At the same time, the concept of genetic disease has become a new and powerful way of defining the boundaries between human groups.
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Tay-Sachs Disease

by: Randall McPartland
Tay-Sachs disease destroys the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord, and its symptoms show up in infancy. This book describes the condition and the genetic causes behind it, follows researchers on their path to scientific discovery, identifies people who have heroically cared for children with this heartbreaking disease, and tracks the latest treatments and research aimed at helping those living with it. Sidebars highlight medical breakthroughs and the people who made them.
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Tay-Sachs Disease by Jeri Freedman

by: Jeri Freedman

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Nathan's Story; Tay-Sachs Disease in the Irish Population

Nathan Harney had Tay-Sachs Disease, a fatal neurodegenerative disease that can be passed on to children when both parents are carriers of an altered gene.

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Understanding Tay- Sachs Disease

Written, recorded and edited by UMass Amherst students; Samuel Ustayev, Kirk MacKinnon and Tim Daly.

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This is a brief description of the clinical, biological and genetic aspects of Tay-Sachs Disease. This brief video was developed by the Division of Genetics and ...