Pregnancy & The Jewish Genetic Disease Test

Different groups of people an find themselves more susceptible to certain classes of genetic illnesses. These are heritable issues that are passed down through faulty genes from generation to generation. People of Ashkenazi Jewish descent are particularly susceptible to a set of genetic illnesses, a fact which has given rise to the Jewish Genetic Disease Test.

What is the Jewish Genetic Disease Test?

This particular set of genetic screens is designed to detect the presence of hereditary diseases which are common amongst the Ashkenazi Jewish population. These diseases include, for example Mucolipodosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Fanconi Anaemia, Familial Dysautonomia, Niemann Pick, and Bloom Syndrome. These can be detected through what is also called the Alef8 Genetic Screening Test, named for the 8 diseases which it tests.

Where can I get the Jewish Genetic Disease Test?

You may find this test under different names, but generally speaking there is a provision of tests for hereditary conditions that are prevalent amongst the Ashkenazi Jewish Population.

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