The full text of this article is available to Plus members only.
For full access to all of our articles, please Join or Log In.
Not a Plus Member?
Diving Into Your Gene Pool
Tracing your family medical history through genealogy can not only put you in touch with your past — it might save your life.

Stanley Diamond is a man on a mission. In late 1993, he learned he carried a rare mutation of the Beta-Thalassemia trait, a genetic abnormality that can be fatal for a carrier's children. If both parents are Beta-Thalassemia carriers, their children face a 25 percent chance of inheriting the trait in a form that causes death before adulthood. Though common among people of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian and African descent, the trait is rare among descendants of Eastern European Jews such as Diamond.

After his diagnosis, Diamond began an unrelenting search for other carriers of the trait within his family. With help from Polish archives, to date he's identified 50 branches of his family that also carry the potentially fatal blood disorder. Diamond has been able to notify them of what tests to get and what results to look for.

To continue reading this article
Share |
Did you enjoy this article?
Please share it!
Recent Blog Posts »
Recent Articles »

Free Genealogy Downloads

Historical Maps of Europe Premium Collection
When you buy the Historical Maps of Europe Premium Collection, you'll get the brand new Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe, as well as an assortment of other incredible tools to trace you ancestors back to the home country and visualize the world in which they lived--in full color.
Only available in March, this collection has a retail value of $197.95, but is yours this month only for $59.99!

They're going fast - get yours today!

©  F+W All rights reserved.