There are a number of different circumstances under which genetic testing may be offered. For example, testing can be used to confirm whether a person has or is likely to develop a genetic disorder, or if he or she is at risk of passing a genetic condition onto their children.
Genetic testing is used for a number of different purposes. Tests are referred to differently accordingly to their purpose and context, however, the laboratory procedures used across the various tests are often exactly the same.
The main uses of genetic testing relevant to jewish genetic disordersA group of genetic conditions that, while not exclusively Jewish, have a higher prevalence among people with Jewish ancestry relative to the general population. are summarised below.
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Often the terms ‘screening’ and ‘testing’ are used interchangeably, even though they are not the same. The following descriptions help to highlight the differences between the two processes.
More information about carrier screening and testing for Jewish genetic disorders, genetic counselling, and information for carriers can be accessed by clicking on the relevant side menu tabs. Throughout all the materials there are a number of links that can be clicked on to view further information and support.