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Is culture responsible for the spread of ethnically related disease?
What is an ethnically related disease, and give some examples?   

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Research studies have found that Ashkenazi Jews are genetically more susceptible than average for Tay-Sachs disease, a fatal nervous system disorder (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; World Science 2005). French Canadians also have higher rates of this genetic disorder (Genetic Disease Foundation; National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics 2013). Black populations have been found to carry higher levels of a mutation that leads to sickle-cell anemia (World Science 2005), as 1 in 10 African Americans are carriers of the sickle cell trait (Genetic Disease Foundation; University of Miami Miller School of Medicine). The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reports that “people of Northern European background (Caucasians) have a higher chance than people of other ethnicities of having a child with a disease called cystic fibrosis (CF), a severe disease that affects the lungs, pancreas and digestive system....

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