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Why is it so important that I get screened for Jewish genetic disorders (JGDs)?

By Masorti Judaism 19th Feb 2021

It is common for Jewish people to be ‘healthy carriers’ for certain recessive genetic disorders. Though unaffected themselves, ‘carriers’ are at increased risk of having children born with severely debilitating, life-shortening disorders. It is now possible to completely prevent these devastating disorders.

Carrier screening identifies if you are a ‘carrier’ – at risk of passing on – a severe, recessive JGD. This information enables you and your partner to explore the various options available to ensure that your children do not inherit any of these disorders.

If you have not already had screening, you are strongly advised to get screened before starting a family to help protect the health of your future children.

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