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Carrier Screening Updates

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The Sarnoff Center's carrier screening program now screens for more than 190 recessive conditions, including more than 50 that are disproportionately common among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. We are currently the only program in Illinois to offer this new expanded Jewish panel.

Women going through our carrier screening program are also screened for 12 X-linked conditions, including Fragile X syndrome. Men are not screened for X-linked disorders since it is highly unlikely for males to be carriers for these conditions without showing symptoms. Learn more about the conditions on the panel.

The affordable, accessible screening program uses advanced technology to provide comprehensive screening for Jewish and interfaith couples. Our genetic counselor is available as a resource to anyone navigating the carrier screening process. 

Read more about carrier screening or contact us with any questions at GeneticScreening@juf.org or (312) 357-4718.

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Affordable, Accessible Genetic Screening in Illinois

Our affordable, accessible carrier screening program uses advanced technology to provide comprehensive screening for Jewish and interfaith couples. Visit our Get Screened page to learn more and register.

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Do You Know What's In Your Genes?

What is the most valuable gift you can give to your family? The gift of good health! There are many health conditions that run in families. Knowing your family health history can alert you to the potential risk for a variety of genetic disorders . Be sure to check with your relatives for warning signs and assess your risk for hereditary cancers!

Did you know: Ashkenazi Jews are 10 TIMES more likely to have BRCA mutations, which significantly increases lifetime risks for hereditary cancers, so what does this heightened risk mean for you? Click here to learn more !