Genetic Screening Basics
Put simply, genetic screening allows you to discover whether you or your partner carry a genetic disease that you might pass on to your child. It doesn't matter who you are or what your family history is, there's a one in two chance that you carry a genetically inherited disease that our Super Panel screens for. Screening can also reveal chromosomal disorders that may affect the health of your child.
What is Genetic Screening?
When Should I Be Screened?
The ideal time to undergo carrier screening is prior to pregnancy. By doing so, you can get information to help you plan your reproductive journey. However, even couples who are expecting can benefit from what screening can reveal.
Everyone — regardless of health, family history, age, or ancestry — can benefit from undergoing genetic screening. Without screening, it's impossible to know whether you or your partner are carriers of an inheritable genetic condition that you can pass on to your children.Learn More
What Does Clarity Genetics Screen For?
We screen for 120 different inheritable diseases and non-inherited genetic conditions that can affect your pregnancy, the health of your baby, and your family's future. You can learn more about our various screens — and which sets of screens (or "panels") align with where you are in your reproductive journey.
Discovering Your Genetic Inheritance
Every cell in our body carries two sets of genes — a set from each parent (one from the mother's egg and one from the father's sperm). Genes are made up of chromosomes, which are made up of DNA. And by looking at your DNA, screening can reveal your risk for carrying and passing along a gene or a chromosomal abnormality to your child. Genes can be either "recessive" or "dominant." The charts below show the possible outcomes depending on the genes of the mother's egg and those from the father's sperm.
Recessive Genetic Disease
In order for carriers to pass on a recessive gene, both partners would have to be carriers of the same genetic disease.
Dominant Genetic Disease
Talk to a Genetic Counselor
As a Clarity client, you'll have access to personal genetic counselors who can help explain the results of your screens and provide insight on how to move forward. To schedule a personal conference to discuss your screen results, click the link below or call(866) 661-7966Discuss Your Screening Results