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dc.contributor.authorBabich, Harvey
dc.identifier.citationBabich, H. (2013-2014). Biblical and Talmudic human genetics. Derech HaTeva, 18, 65-69.en_US
dc.descriptionScientific articleen_US
dc.description.abstractNeither the Ta'nach nor the Talmud is a scientific genetics textbook, yet each contains information relevant to human genetic health issues, and each makes note of various pathologies linked to defective genes. For example, from a hereditary viewpoint of the transmission of traits, recommendations are presented concerning which couples are suitable marriage partners and which are not. The first recorded case history of a geneticallv transmitted disease (i.e., hemophilia) is cited in the Talmud. The interactions between the environment and genetics (i.e., nature and nurture) in molding phenotype are noted, as well as hints for the newly discovered science of epigenetics. Rather a new science, epigenetics is the study o[ mechanisms that alter gene expression that can be transmitted from one generation to the next, but do not involve a change in the DNA sequence (i.e., are not mutagenic). Traits controlled by autosomes and by the X and Y sex chromosomes are discussed, as are sex-limited and sex-influenced traits. This manuscript reviews some of the human genetics noted in the Ta'nach and in the Talmud.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe publication of this joutnal would not have been possible without the help of our generous donors. Jewish tradition teaches that the Torah is a "tree of life to those who support it" (Pror.erbs 3:18). The Midrash interprets this verse to mean that the Torah gives life to those who participate in Torah Studyr, as well as those who support its study. Derech HaTeva ptovides the unique opportuniry for students to svnthesize their passion for science with theit love of Torah, and ve thank }.ou for making this opportunin'possible. We would like to thank the following donors who have helped fund the publication of volume 18 of Derech HaTeva: Dr. and Mrs. Harvev Babich Dr. and Mrs. Eliot Ghatan Dr. and Mrs. fuchard Grazi Mr. and Mrs. Morris Rosenthal Rabbi and l\{rs. Baruch Solnica Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Solomowitz Torah Activities Council YU Admissionsen_US
dc.publisherStern College for Women, Yeshiva Universityen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDerech HaTeva;vol. 18 ; 2013-2014
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dc.titleBiblical and Talmudic human geneticsen_US

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