Guess what? Breast cancer is NOT a ‘Jewish disease.’ Experts bust the myth that the disease is heavily linked to Ashkenazi heredity.
Israeli sound man walking on air in bid for ‘Gravity’ Oscar. Niv Adiri and his team are up for an Academy Award for Alfonso Cuaron’s space film, where finally the sound effects adhere to the laws of science.
Neanderthals had sex with other species - and family, DNA study shows: 50,000-year old toe bone from Siberian cave shows inbred Neanderthal woman was child of very closely-related parents.
Robert J. Lefkowitz, a Jewish physician and path-breaking biochemist from New York, has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Brian K. Kobilka, a researcher at California’s Stanford University.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2012 went to the scientists for studies of protein receptors that explain how cells sense their environment. Read more.
Israeli doctors are performing a radical experimental procedure on severely depressed patients that could offer them hope after years of failed treatments.
The doctors are implanting a device called a brain pacemaker, which sends electrodes into the patients’ brains. The Jerusalem hospital is the first one in Israel to employ the treatment, known as Deep Brain Stimulation, as part of an international clinical trial being conducted concurrently in several European countries and Israel. Read more.
Praying regularly can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and milder memory problems by 50 percent, according to a joint Israeli-American study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
The study was aimed at identifying factors that increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Researchers examined several aspects of the subjects’ lives, including what they did in their spare time during their 20s and 30s. It turns out females who prayed regularly had 50 percent less chance of having mild dementia or Alzheimer’s. Read more.
Israeli geneticists have found that a population of Indians in the U.S. state of Colorado has genetic Jewish roots going back to the expulsion of Jews from Spain.
The common marker was a unique genetic mutation on the BRCA1 gene. This mutation, commonly known as the “Ashkenazi mutation,” is found in Jews of Ashkenazi origin and is associated with an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Read more.
DNA links prove Jews are a ‘race,’ says genetics expert
Conjuring fear of Nazism and anti-Semitism, Jews recoil from the thought that Judaism might be a race, but medical geneticist Harry Ostrer insists the ‘biological basis of Jewishness’ cannot be ignored.
Although he readily acknowledges the formative role of culture and environment, Ostrer believes that Jewish identity has multiple threads, including DNA. He offers a cogent, scientifically based review of the evidence, which serves as a model of scientific restraint. Read more.