Carriers of genetic diseases usually do not have any symptoms of the disease—as a result, they can unknowingly pass it on to their children.
Jewish people, both Ashkenazim and Sephardim, are at increased risk to be carriers. At JScreen, it’s our mission to help all potential parents get screened in a comprehensive and current manner.
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Everyone is a carrier for something. One’s carrier status does not say anything about his or her marriageability or whether they will be a good husband, wife, or parent.
There are only two ways to discover that one is a carrier: get tested or have an affected child. Of course, it is better to have information ahead of time. It’s important to learn your results in order to make informed decisions about your future family.
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Testing with JScreen provides information that will be useful in planning for your future children.
The hundreds of diseases on the testing panel fall into different categories, including severe diseases that cause children to pass away at young ages, diseases that cause developmental disabilities, diseases that show up in adulthood, diseases that are treatable, and others.
The most likely scenario for a couple is that they will not be at high risk to have a child affected with one of the genetic diseases on the panel. For those couples who are at risk, there are options to help them have healthy children together. While unlikely, there is a small chance that an individual will learn through testing that they themselves have a personal risk for symptoms of a condition.
JScreen tests for over 200 diseases, including those most common in Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Mizrachim.
JScreen provides results. Knowing your carrier status can be life-saving for you and your family.
JScreen’s genetic counselor will discuss your results and reproductive options through a confidential phone or video teleconference session.
State-of-the art testing is conveniently done from home on a saliva sample.
Thanks to generous donors, our test is affordable at only $149 for those who provide insurance information.
Learn more about getting tested by downloading our educational guide here
JScreen is a not-for-profit program that is part of Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Human Genetics. With a mission to prevent Jewish genetic diseases, JScreen makes genetic screening and counseling convenient and affordable. Click here to learn more about JScreen.