Jerusalem Post - "Study: Why Ashkenazis Are Susceptible To Crohn's"

 – March 8, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Researchers have discovered five new genetic mutations that make Ashkenazi Jews four times more likely than other populations to develop Crohn’s disease. The findings are the first step in an attempt to explain why Ashkenazi Jews are at significantly higher risk for the disorder, which is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Dr. Burrill Crohn first characterized the disease exactly 80 years ago at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Inga Peter, a geneticist at Mount Sinai, led the international research team to search for unique genetic risk factors in Ashkenazi Jews. Learn more