Genetic Conditions

Genetic conditions are diseases that can be passed from parents to children. Some conditions may be inherited if only one parent has the changed gene, while others can be inherited only if both parents have the changed gene.

Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Panel (AJGP)

Ashkenazi Jewish genetic diseases are a group of rare disorders that occur more often in people of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish heritage than in the general population. Even though most of these diseases are severe and can cause early death, some can be treated to reduce symptoms and prolong life. Some of these…

At-Home Genetic Tests

What are at-home genetic tests? At-home genetic tests check the DNA of your cells. These tests can find changes in your genes that increase your risk for certain health problems. You don’t need a prescription from your doctor and you don’t need to involve your health insurance plan to use an at-home genetic test. Some…

Autoimmune Disease Tests

Tests for autoimmune diseases measure the amount of certain antibodies in your blood. Your body makes antibodies to attack and destroy substances such as bacteria and viruses. But in autoimmune diseases, the antibodies attack and destroy your body’s tissues. This can lead to diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis…

Birth Defects Testing

What are birth defects tests? Birth defects tests are done during pregnancy to look for possible problems with the baby (fetus). Birth defects develop when something is wrong with genes or chromosomes, an organ, or body chemistry. A birth defect may have only a mild impact on a child’s life, or it can have a major…

Blood Transfusions for Sickle Cell Disease

During a blood transfusion, a person (the recipient) receives healthy blood from another person (the donor). The donated blood is carefully screened for diseases before it is used. Before receiving a blood transfusion, the recipient’s blood is analyzed closely (using blood type ) to make sure the donor blood is a close…