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| How the Jews nearly wiped out Tay-Sachs

Zev Stub    
Sunday, 13 August 10:40 AM

There used to be an entire hospital unit — 16 or 17 beds at Kingsbook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn — devoted to taking care of children born with Tay-Sachs disease. It was often full, with a waiting list that admitted new patients only when someone else’s child had died.

But by the late 1990s that unit was totally empty, and it eventually shut down. Its closure was a visible symbol of one of the most dramatic Jewish success stories of the past 50 years: the near-eradication of a deadly genetic disease.

Full Story (Israel National News via JTA)
        
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