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Tay-Sachs Disease

Tay-Sachs Disease

Tay-Sachs disease is a genetic disorder that causes progressive damage to nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It is caused by the absence of an enzyme called hexosaminidase-A. Without this enzyme, a fatty substance, called GM2 ganglioside, builds-up in the body, damaging cells.

Materials for Tay-Sachs Disease


Kids Health: Tay-Sachs Disease

Description: Tay Sachs disease information written for kids and links to information on related topics

Tay-Sachs Disease

Description: A description of Tay-Sachs disease and a listing of resources on this condition

Tay-Sachs Disease

Description: Questions answered by GARD Information Specialists, links to resources, information about research, conferences, genetic testing, and genetic services

What Is Tay-Sachs Disease?

Description: Information on Tay-Sachs disease and a listing of resources that offer further information on this topic

Interactive Tutorials

Your Genes Your Health - Tay-Sachs Disease

Description: An interactive Web site on Tay-Sachs disease


Knowledge is Power - Check out your gene pool

Description: An 11 minute video featuring interviews with a physician, genetic counselor and 2 families directly affected by Tay-Sachs and Canavan. Designed for teenagers through adult viewers, and for classroom use. Click on the link to learn how you can reserve a copy.