[LMB] Gene cleaning in real life

Sylvia McIvers sylviamcivers at gmail.com
Thu Nov 9 14:56:28 GMT 2017


How you you get rid of recessive genetic diseases?  Tay-Sachs disease
killed about 1/3,600 babies a year among Jews of European descent... can
scientists cure it?

They can't (yet), but the community can advise all high-school seniors in
religious schools to get gene tested.  The lab results help make sure 2
carriers don't get married. No more dead babies.

Cool.

"the Tay–Sachs ward at Kingsbrook Hospital in Crown Heights, Brooklyn,
which once had a waiting list of patients, has permanently closed, and the
disease is now more common in non-Jewish families
<http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-features/1.541084> than
among Jews"


My daughter just got tested. I feel so space-aged.
Sylvia


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