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Tay-Sachs Disease
  • Authored by: Jeri Freedman
  • From the Series: Genes and Disease
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  • ISBN-10: 1438125720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4381-2572-5
  • Status: In Stock
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  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 06/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 618
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 140


Tay-Sachs disease is a rare hereditary disease that affects young children, primarily Ashkenazi Jews, French Canadians, and other isolated or self-selecting populations. Caused by the lack of an enzyme that leads to a buildup of fats in nerve and brain cells, it gradually destroys the affected cells, leading to a loss of mental and physical abilities, and, eventually, death. In this fascinating offering, Tay-Sachs Disease discusses the nature of the disease, why it affects certain groups of people more often than others, how genetic screening can help detect carriers of the Tay-Sachs gene, and what options genetic testing and counseling provide for having children. Student researchers will discover the new medical treatments being used experimentally to treat Tay-Sachs disease, as well as the new genetic treatments that may someday provide a means of curing this degenerative condition.



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