Predisposed

I love weddings.  I can’t even begin to explain how much I love them.  I was cutting out magazine pictures of ideas for my wedding when I was 16.  I love planning the details, the romance of the proposal, and the many events that proceed the big day.  Today, I was lucky enough to go to a bridal shower where I got to catch up with some old friends.  (another reason I love weddings). It was great to hear what they’ve been up to and even better to hear that one of them is expecting her first baby!  We were discussing genetic testing during pregnancy, the BRCA gene, and how it seems like Ashkenazi Jews have the most risks for genetic diseases and/or disorders.  As the token Jew in this conversation, my friends asked me if I knew why this is?  I have no idea.
But here’s a theory.  I don’t necessarily think that Ashknenazis are more predisposed to more diseases and disorders than other races of people. In fact, there are several Wikipedia pages dedicated to outlining the different races and the diseases they are at a higher risk of developing.  Perhaps there are more Asheknazis who are in these areas of research specific to pregnancy and breast cancer who have a vested interest in finding out what their own race is most at risk for?  So are there other genes out there that will be proved as markers for other races in the future?  I hope so.  That way, those races will be protected as well.  Now where my Jews at in the genetic modification field of research?

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