Tag: Tay Sachs

What is Genetic Testing?

What is Genetic Testing?

Genetic testing may be carried out to establish if a person has a genetic disease or condition or is at risk of developing one. Certain groups of people who would want genetic tests carried out may be those with a family history of an illness/disease, have concerns on passing on a genetic disease to children [...]

November 12, 2012 More

Tay-Sachs Disease

Tay-Sachs disease (TSD) is a fatal genetic disorder named after Warren Tay (1843-1927) and Bernard Sachs (1858-1944). Tay was a British ophthalmologist who, in 1881, described the occurrence of cherry-red spots (“Tay’s spots”) on the retinas of three siblings. Sachs was an American neurologist who, in 1887, described cellular changes occurring in the disorder. Sachs [...]

September 28, 2011 More
Genetic Counseling

Genetic Counseling

Since the beginning of time, people have recognized the concept of inheritance—that is, traits are passed down from generation to generation. In most situations, those traits are looked at with pleasure. However, when there is a genetic condition in the family that causes disease or birth defects, there is usually great concern. Genetic disorders, while [...]

September 12, 2011 More