The Early Advantage Panel
Carrier screening can help inform life-saving interventions and improve quality of life for your newborn. Find out if you carry an inherited genetic condition that could affect your child.
Carrier Screening Can Provide You With Options
Actionable Information When Planning for Your Family
All newborns in the United States undergo screening for genetic conditions. With carrier screening you can get actionable information about your child's risk for a genetic condition before birth instead of after. When performed before or during pregnancy, the Early Advantage Panel allows you and your healthcare provider to:
- Know your child's risk of inherited genetic conditions
- Improve preconception, pregnancy, and postnatal planning
- Explore all your options
- Better manage your pregnancy
- Choose the right birthing team and location
- Get an earlier diagnosis and timely treatment
Every baby in the U.S. receives newborn screening. By screening for these conditions before birth, you can minimize surprise newborn screening results.
If both you and your partner are carriers for the same condition, there are options available to you based on where you are in your reproductive journey.
Carrier screening is simple and convenient, requiring only a blood draw or saliva sample taken at your doctors office. Your results are normally available in 7 to 10 days.
What is Carrier Screening?
Carrier screening is a DNA test that can determine if you are a carrier for a genetic condition. DNA typically contains 2 copies of every gene, one inherited from mom and one from dad. A variant is a change in a gene that could cause a genetic condition. While many people carry variants, most carriers are typically healthy.
Two reproductive partners who both carry the same autosomal recessive condition have a 25% chance of having an affected child. With X-linked conditions, if the mother is a carrier, there is a 50% chance that male children will be affected.
Autosomal Recessive Inheritance
What is in the Early Advantage Panel?
The Early Advantage Panel is the first panel of its size to include all 35 conditions that are recommended but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to be done during newborn screening. This list of conditions is known as the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP). While newborn screening is important, by looking for these recommended conditions either before or during pregnancy you can increase your available options. It also screens for other conditions that are recommended by other leading medical organizations.