Tay-Sachs disease

By Adrianna Burns

What is it?

  • A fatal disease that attacks the nervous system.


  • Infants with this disorder typically appear normal until the age of 3 to 6 months, when their development slows and muscles used for movement weaken. Affected infants lose motor skills such as turning over, sitting, and crawling.

Some more on how tay-Sachs works

As the child gets older the worse the disease gets. Becuaae like I said earlier it attacks the nervous and the muscles so it starts to shut down.


Among Ashkenazi Jews, 1 in 27 people are carriers; in the general population, 1 in 250 people are. A child can only have Tay-Sachs disease if both parents are carriers of the gene.