Jewish Hereditary Diseases

By: Christina Kremer Email
By: Christina Kremer Email

Learning about your family tree could give warnings about hereditary diseases that trace back to your ancestors.

A presentation from the Tallahassee Genealogical Society was held Sunday at Temple Israel to discuss the possibilities from DNA research.

Information about certain diseases common in Jewish heritage have been uncovered through the study of Genes.

"It is known that in one Jewish community in New York about 1 in every 16 have the Tay-Sachs disease. Using DNA information they are able to identify potential carriers" says Steve Fregger, Tallahassee Genealogical Society

Fregger also says a certain gene linked with breast and ovarian cancers has been identified only in Jewish lineage.

By using DNA research individuals can begin early treatment.

Fregger encourages people from all backgrounds to get DNA testing to learn more about their themselves, and potentially identify deadly genetic diseases.

To learn more about DNA testing visit

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