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 NxGen MDx 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
The human body is made of trillions of cells. The vast majority of our cells contain our genetic information, which is inherited from our parents in the form of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). A gene is a segment of DNA that is responsible for providing instructions, or a recipe, for how to make a specific protein that the human body needs for normal growth and development. If there are changes (or mutations) in the recipe of a gene, that protein will be affected in some way and may not be able to complete its job in the human body. Genes are located on larger structures called chromosomes. Humans typically have 23 pairs of chromosomes, which we inherit from our parents—giving us two different copies of each gene that we have. Generally, genes can be either "recessive" or "dominant." The charts below show the how genes can be inherited and cause disease based on whether they are recessive or dominant.
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 NxGen 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, call (855) 776-9436. or click the link below.Discuss Your Screening Results