13 May 2007

San Diego: Ashkenazi genetics, June 10

The San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society will host Gary S. Frohlich on June 10, at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla.

Frohlich is a certified genetic counselor/patient care liaison from Genzyme Therapeutics, with more than 30 years of experience providing genetic counseling to the Ashkenazi Jewish community.

Says the group:

Given the Jewish community's responsibility to educate ourselves about genetic issues that impact our lives and our families this educational program is particularly significant. We are offering a free educational outreach program for our community that focuses on addressing the importance of education, screening, testing, and treatment issues facing persons of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

The group hopes that this program will encourage attendees to discuss these issues with family members, and address screening, testing and intervention option.

Tay-Sachs is not the most common Jewish genetic condition. Gaucher disease (pronounced "go-shay") is the most common Jewish genetic disorder. Among Ashkenazi Jews, 1 person in 15 is a carrier, and 1/450 has Gaucher disease. Other genetic conditions are cystic fibrosis, Canavan disease, Bloom syndrome, and others.

Non-members, $3. Click here for more information.

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