At this time we are only able to screen those who live in Illinois – if you live outside of Illinois, please contact the Center and we can help you find a local screening option.
You may also visit our local resources page to identify a genetic counseling service near you.
The Center was the first community screening program in the nation to exclusively use an advanced gene sequencing screening panel using saliva. This new gene sequencing test is the most advanced carrier screening option available and provides the same high detection rates as tests using a blood sample. The saliva sample allows us to provide you with high quality screening all from the privacy and comfort of your own home.
If we determine that you are not eligible for this program, we will provide you with an explanation and discuss your alternatives.
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The carrier screening and education program is tailored to men and women of Jewish descent and their partners, whether Jewish or not, in the state of Illinois. If you live outside of Illinois, please contact the Center regarding local screening options that may be available to you. Should an individual or couple not have sufficient insurance coverage for this testing, they will be eligible for subsidized screening. Insurance coverage for carrier screening tests varies greatly by company and plan, so please check with your insurer first.
Screening for genetic disorders can be very expensive if it is not fully covered by insurance, with out-of-pocket costs as high as $4,000 or more per person, depending on co-payments and deductibles.
Although we are no longer able to guarantee a maximum out-of-pocket price, the Center for Jewish Genetics remains committed to ensuring that no one has to forgo testing due to a financial barrier. If you need financial assistance please e-mail our genetic counselor, Aishwarya Arjunan, at email@example.com.
You can complete the program in five easy steps:
No, the Center does not offer screening for cancer predisposition genes. For those with any family history of breast, ovarian, colon or other cancers, we recommend meeting with a genetic counselor to assess whether the cancer in their family is likely hereditary, and to discuss screening if appropriate. Feel free to contact the Center for referrals.
No. Participants in the Center’s carrier screening and education program receive their complete test results, whereas Dor Yeshorim only reports on compatibility between two individuals prior to engagement. Unlike Dor Yeshorim, the Center offers screening to everyone, regardless of relationship or pregnancy status. Also, the Center's screening panel includes many pan-ethnic disorders not included by Dor Yeshorim.