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As many as 1 in 3 Ashkenazi Jews are estimated to be carriers for one of about 19 genetic diseases.
How to find out if you are a carrier for a Jewish genetic disease
What you need to know about screening, risks and ethical concerns.
A guide to the diseases included in most Jewish genetic screening.
Organizations that can help with screening and counseling
Beliefs & Practices
The stem cells most likely to be of scientific value come from discarded embryos. Is it ethical to use these?
Some worry that the discovery of "Jewish" genetic diseases will negatively affect the image and treatment of Jews.
Rabbinic authorities have always been aware of heredity and genetic disease.
Does the genome project take imitatio dei too far--beyond imitating God, to playing God?
Using genetic technology for therapeutic purposes is acceptable, but many related issues have yet to be addressed.
Jewish Genetic Issues. Jewish Bioethics. Judaism and Medical Technology. Jewish Ideas and Beliefs.