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  • Genetic finding on deafness raises host of ethical questions

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (JTA) – A new medical finding regarding a genetic mutation that causes deafness among Ashkenazi Jews is raising several practical – and ethical – implications for the Jewish community. The research, published in the Nov. 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that a recessive gene found in 4…

  • U.S., Israeli scientists close to manufacturing human tissue

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (JTA) – Patients in need of tissue and organ transplants are one step closer to receiving laboratory-produced replacements, as a result of a breakthrough made by a team of American and Israeli scientists. In January, the scientists became the first to extract human embryonic stem cells – the parent cells of all…

  • Jewish groups rush to aid victims of Hurricane Mitch

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (JTA) – The American Jewish community has moved with a sense of urgency to aid Hurricane Mitch’s victims as the death toll and destruction mounts. The American Jewish World Service and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee are two of many organizations tapping the pool of Jewish resources nationwide to help Mitch’s…