When the Amish Go High Tech

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Amish and Mennonite communities are often perceived as being "anti-technology," but their relationship with technology is more nuanced than that.  They examine what the technology is, what it offers and then decide whether to accept it in their lives.  Call it the "Amish Algorithm."

Hear from the Amish liaison who was crucial to helping these cutting-edge geneticists gain the communities' trust on this week's New Tech City, coming Wednesday.

That approach is evident at the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Doctors and researchers work with residents of the nearby religious communities to diagnose and help treat genetic disorders like Maple Syrup Urine disease and Chicken Breast Syndrome, both fatal diseases if not treated.  Because these communities are closed and have smaller gene pools, rare genetic disorders like these have a high rate of occurrence; advances in technology help them save lives

Where do you draw the line when it comes to technology in your life?  Tell us @newtechcity #myline.