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Study Looks at Irish Risk for a Rare Fatal DiseaseBy Amy Dockser Marcus
Tay-Sachs disease is generally known as a Jewish genetic disorder. Now, researchers are beginning to focus on another community at risk: people of Irish descent.
Tay-Sachs is a rare neurodegenerative disease that hits fewer than 30 children in North America a year. It is always fatal. Widespread testing to check if prospective parents are carriers of the Tay-Sachs gene has sharply diminished the disease's occurrence among Jews of Central and East European ancestry, the ethnic group long associated with Tay-Sachs. But not everyone knows that other groups, including Irish, French Canadians and Cajuns, also are vulnerable.
(Read the whole Wall Street Journal article here.)