Jewish Genetic Diseases Tested by JScreen

Prior to the 1970’s, Tay-Sachs disease was relatively common in the Jewish population. Tay Sachs is a devastating disease, and every affected baby dies within a few short years without learning to speak or walk. Thanks to widespread Tay Sachs carrier screening programs, almost no Jewish children are born with the disease today. The availability of JScreen is a promising step in building upon the initial success of Tay-Sachs screening to prevent this and other Jewish genetic diseases.