The Detroit Medical Center
Wayne State University
For over 20 years, genetic screening has been used in the Jewish population to
identify couples at risk for having a child with Tay-Sachs disease. Screening for
other genetic diseases commonly found in the Jewish population has previously
not been possible. However, advances in genetic technology have led to the
identification of other genes known to cause certain genetic disorders frequently
found in the Jewish population. The application of this technology is now avail-
able to prov4de Enhanced Genetic Screening to the Jewish population for certain
inherited diseases for which they and their children are at increased risk. The
Enhanced Genetic Screening detects couples at risk with a high degree of accuracy
All Jewish persons of reproductive age should consider having this testing.
Below are three genetic diseases frequently found in the Jewish population for
which Enhanced Genetic Screening is currently poss
• 1 in 25 Eastern Europeans Jews carry the gene for Tay Sachs disease
• 1 in 10 Eastern Europeans Jews carry the gene for Gaucher disease
• 1 in 29 Eastern Europeans Jews carry the gene for Cystic Fibrosis.
Several medical centers in New York City have successfully implemented
enhanced genetic screening programs for the Jewish population. DMC/Hutzel
Hospital's Division of Reproductive Genetics, headed by Dr. Mark Evans, has
pioneered the development of many new genetic services and is proud to be the
first to offer Enhanced Genetic Screening to the Metropolitan Detroit Jewish community.
For additional written material or to schedule an appointment for more information, please contact
the Division of Reproductive Genetics at Hutzel Hospital.
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Rabin Says %yet'
To Russian Involvement
Jerusalem (JTA) — Prime Min-
ister Yitzhak Rabin has reject-
ed a Russian request to be
involved in future Israeli-Pales-
tinian negotiations on the status
Mr. Rabin turned down the re-
quest during a meeting with Vik-
tor Posovalyuk, Russia's Middle
East peace envoy. Russia and the
United States are co-sponsors of
the Middle East peace process
launched in October 1991 in
Arguing for a Russian role in
the negotiations over Jerusalem,
Posovalyuk cited the sizable
number of properties in the city
owned by the Russian Orthodox
He also pointed to the sub-
stantial following the Orthodox
churches have in Israel and to the
fact that Russia is home to a large
All these factors, Posovalyuk
said, give Russia the right to be
involved in any future discussions
centering on Jerusalem.
The envoy came to Israel Aug.
25 during the course of a Mideast
tour that had taken him to Dam-
ascus, Beirut and Amman.
During his visit to Israel, Mr.
Posovalyuk met with Mr. Rabin,
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
and Deputy Foreign Minister
In his conversation with Mr.
Rabin last week, Mr. Posovalyuk
reportedly pledged Moscow's sup-
port for Israel's effort to hold high-
level and direct negotiations with
The Israeli-Syrian negotiations
have been deadlocked for months
over the question of the extent of
the Israeli withdrawal from the
Golan Heights and the nature of
the peace Damascus would es-
tablish with Israel in exchange
Mr. Posovalyuk told Mr. Rabin
that while there are "pockets of
resistance" in Damascus to the
peace process, the decision of Syr-
ian President Hafez Assad to
seek peace with Israel is widely
On the issue ofJerusalem, Mr.
Rabin said that Russia, like oth-
er parties, had the right to be in-
volved in discussions about
religious aspects of the issue, but
not in political discussions that
would determine the future sta-
tus of the city.
Mr. Peres, who met with the
envoy in Tel Aviv, reportedly
sought to put a more positive spin
on the Israeli stance.
He stressed Israel's readiness
to discuss any claim, demand or
request of the Russian Orthodox
Church regarding holy places
within Jerusalem or regarding
its church properties or adher-
ents elsewhere in Israel.
But Mr. Peres, too, emphasized
that the issue of Jerusalem,
which Israel claims as its eternal,
undivided capital, was not to be
negotiated in the international
"Israel won't place Jerusalem
on the international negotiating
table," Mr. Peres said on Israel
Radio. "It is between us and the
Mr. Peres noted that Israel's
commitment, under the terms of
the declaration of principles
signed last September in Wash-
emphasized that the
issue of Jerusalem
was not to be
negotiated in the
ington, was to negotiate the issue
ofJerusalem with the Palestini-
ans when the proper time came.
The declaration of principles
calls for negotiations on the ques-
tion ofJerusalem, along with the
status of Israeli settlements, to
begin no later than May 1996,
two years after the official launch
of Palestinian self-rule in the
Gaza Strip and the West Bank
enclave of Jericho.
The Palestinians claim east-
ern Jerusalem as the capital of a
future Palestinian state.
Because of this claim, the
Palestinian leadership has op-
posed bitterly a clause in the July
25 non-belligerency pact Israel
signed with Jordan that gave
high priority to Jordan's special
role as guardian of the holy Mus-
lim sites in Jerusalem.
El Al Flies
To Hong Kong
Tel Aviv (JTA) — El Al Airlines
will open a new charter route to
Hong Kong starting in October
as the result of an agreement
signed with several Far East air
Under the new arrangement,
passengers from Tel Aviv can
book flights on El Al to Hong
Kong. From there, they will be
able to take flights aboard vari-
ous Far Eastern airlines at
sharply discounted prices to such
destinations as Japan, Singapore,
the Philippines and Taiwan.