Israeli scientists have located the gene responsible for a genetic disease more prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews that causes mental and motor deficiencies, including blindness, muteness and the inability to walk. One out of every 100 Ashkenazi Jews carries mucolipidosis, and more than 80 percent of people afflicted with the disease worldwide are Ashkenazi Jews. Both parents must be carriers in order for the disease to be passed on.
The Archive of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency includes articles published from 1923 to 2008. Archive stories reflect the journalistic standards and practices of the time they were published.