What is JScreen?
JScreen provides convenient, at-home, saliva-based genetic carrier screening with the goal of preventing Jewish genetic diseases such as Tay-Sachs disease and Canavan disease. JScreen is a national program and is headquartered at Emory University in Atlanta.
How does JScreen work?
Screening is done on a saliva sample that the participant collects in the privacy of their home. Samples are then shipped to the CLIA-certified testing lab. Genetic testing is done on DNA from the saliva sample. If a participant is identified as a carrier for any of the diseases, they participate in a telephone or secure video counseling session with a genetic counselor.
How much does genetic testing with JScreen cost?
For someone with commercial insurance, the cost is no more than $99 for the standard test.
When should a person get screened?
The best time to get screened is before becoming pregnant. It is also important to update screening before each pregnancy, as new diseases may be added to the screening panels over time.
We want to engage everyone in this easy, convenient and affordable way to plan for a healthy future. We encourage couples of child-bearing age, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends to visit our website at www.jscreen.org to find out how they can participate in the JScreen movement.