Why Should I Be Screened?
Genetic screening is a powerful tool that can determine if you or your partner is a carrier of an inherited genetic condition. You can be a carrier without having the condition itself — in fact each of us carries a genetically inherited condition — any one of which we can pass on to our children. You could be a carrier of a common genetic condition, such as Tay-Sachs or cystic fibrosis without knowing it. Regardless of your family history, ethnicity, age, or personal health, the only way to know for sure is to be screened.
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