How JScreen Works: What is Genetic Testing?

1.Request your kit online and we mail it to you

JScreen offers genetic disease carrier testing. The cost is $149 with private insurance. Can’t afford it, or don’t have insurance? Don't worry, you may qualify for financial assistance.

Register to receive a JScreen genetic testing kit and learn about options to ensure family health.

2.Getting your DNA Spit Kit

JScreen’s DNA saliva ("spit") collection kit marks the start of the genetic testing process. The JScreen spit kit makes it possible for you to do your genetic screening from home.

It's exactly what it sounds like. In the privacy and convenience of your home, you’ll collect your sample into the small tube enclosed in your DNA spit kit. Cutting-edge technology enables us to look closely at your genetic makeup to identify your risk for more than 200 different diseases – some of which are predominant in the Jewish community.
Once your tube is filled, you’ll seal it with the cap provided in the spit kit. The whole process takes only 2-5 minutes, then you’re ready to send your sample to the laboratory.

To see a video on how to properly collect and package up your sample, click here.

3.DNA Analysis: Sending Your JScreen Spit Kit

Collecting your saliva in the DNA spit kit is a piece of cake, and sending your sample is as easy as pie. Spit in the tube, place your sample into the specimen bag, then place it in the prepaid envelope provided with your kit.

To ship, drop the envelope in a FedEx drop-box and it will be on its way! To find a FedEx drop-box near you, call 1-800-GoFedEx or visit
The next step is to receive your results.

4.Getting Your Genetic Test Results

As soon as you mail your DNA sample, your work is done − we’ll take it from there. Our lab technicians and genetic counselors analyze your DNA results and within 4 weeks, you'll receive notification from the genetic counseling team at Emory University that your results are ready.

If you’re identified as a carrier for any of the diseases, you must participate in genetic counseling follow-up by telephone with one of our counselors. In some cases, we may recommend follow-up genetic counseling in your area. Through genetic counseling, our professionals help you best plan, prepare and minimize risk of inherited diseases for the healthiest future for your family.
Take the first step now. With JScreen DNA test results, access information for your family's healthy future.

Screening is inexpensive and easy to do.

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis or PGD is a safe procedure that involves in vitro fertilization and testing on embryos at risk for a particular genetic disease. This is usually performed in a fertility clinic by a specialist. PGD has been used for over 20 years to help thousands of couples have healthy children.

Use of donor sperm or egg

Donated genetic material (sperm or egg) from a non-carrier individual can be used in combination with either an egg or sperm from a couple to prevent a genetic condition.


A carrier couple can choose to become parents through adoption.

Prenatal Diagnosis

Prenatal diagnosis involves testing a pregnancy to determine whether a genetic condition is present. This can be done as early as 10 weeks to approximately 18 weeks into the pregnancy, and is very accurate if carrier screening has already identified that the parents are at risk.

Preparation and Early Treatment

Knowing that your children are at risk for a condition allows you to prepare for that possibility. This preparation can range from moving to be closer to family to learning about the disease. You can also have your children tested for the condition early so that any needed treatments can be started right away.

For couples facing these choices, JScreen can refer you to a local genetic counselor or specialist who can give you more information about each of these options. Contact if you are interested in a referral.