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In the 1970s, community carrier screening programs for Tay-Sachs disease were a first step in managing Jewish genetic health risk. Those programs dramatically reduced the number of children born with Tay-Sachs disease, and also provided a blueprint for additional screening efforts.
How has screening for Jewish genetic disorders advanced since that time? Genetic technologies continue to reveal more information about Jewish genetic health risks, including recessive genetic disorders like Tay-Sachs disease and hereditary cancers like those caused by BRCA mutations. Hear from genetic counselor Rebecca Wang, MS, LCGC, and health educator Becca Bakal, MPH, from the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics about how genetic technologies are shaping the Jewish community, from screening to beat Tay-Sachs to shielding ourselves from cancer.
The primary goal of this project is to engage Jewish communities in smaller U.S. cities to examine German-Jewish themes, to openly discuss Germany today in the context of its history, and to provide opportunities to learn about contemporary Germany.