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
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