04 September 2007

Genealogy & Illnesses

There is an article in the New York Times on September 4, 2007 about two different serious genetic diseases found in those with Hispanic heritage. The article is Heirs to a Rare Legacy in New Mexico by Dr. Ben Daitz.

The illnesses are oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, and cavernous angioma. The family genealogies for those with both illnesses date back to early colonial New Mexico. with the genealogies modern day family and cousins have been identified. There are medical procedures to relieve some of the symptoms, but not the diseases.

So I guess there are much worse things than "black sheep" in a family. Please read the article and post a comment.

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