It’s called JScreen and they do genetic testing. Originally created as “Jewish Genetic Screening,” JScreen created an at-home genetic screening process to screen for more than 80 genetic diseases.
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JScreen genetic testing? What is it?
They discovered Ashkenazi Jews have nearly two times as many carriers of genetic diseases compared to the general population. In fact, diseases in the Jewish community have been extensively studied, so JScreen is better at testing for diseases among this population.
But I am not Jewish…
If you are worried you might be a carrier of any type of genetic disease, do a test. The J in JScreen stands for Jewish for the reasons stated above, but that also means they are excellent at helping you too!
I think it is crazy how far science has come! Now you can spit in a tube, mail it to the JScreen lab, and wait 4 weeks to hear back. Then, you can find out what diseases you and/or your partner are carriers of (if any). Personally, I’d like to know so I can pass this information along to my kids when they are ready to have kids. Knowing the risks means I can prepare myself for it before being caught unaware. Plus, 80% of babies born with a genetic disease have no family history of that disease.
So what do they test for?
Lots! Check out the brief list below – it is more than 80 diseases in total:
Is this crazy expensive?
I was very pleasantly surprised by how affordable it is. It’s $99 with qualifying insurance. If you do not have insurance to cover this test, they even have financial assistance. And they also have gift options.
Ok friends, now I am curious – what do you think?
Would you spit into a tube and get results back? I would. In fact, I might. I’m curious. Knowing my family carries cancer and obesity has kept me active and regularly checking. If I knew I was a carrier, I’d put this information in my medical records and that of my kids. When something goes wrong medically, diagnosing it properly is more than half the battle. Knowing what to test for would be such a huge help.