Parents push for standardized screening of Jewish genetic diseases

Carrier screening programs for Jewish genetic diseases have seen success in the past, she says; in the 1970s and ’80s, the fatal condition Tay-Sachs was reduced by approximately 90%.

But genetics is a rapidly changing field; the human body has hundreds of thousands of genes and mutations, and new ones are being discovered.

New screening tests are also being developed quickly. When the Golds were married in 2004, screening tests were available for 16 Jewish genetic diseases. Now scientists can screen for up to 19.

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