Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Panel (AJGP) - What Is Carrier Screening?
carrier is a person who can pass a genetic disease on
to his or her children but does not have the disease. Carrier identification is
a type of genetic test that can help show whether people of high-risk groups
(certain ethnic groups or a family history of a disease) for a specific disease
are likely to pass that disease to their children. This type of test can guide
a couple's decision about having children and making choices about diagnostic
tests during a pregnancy.
An Ashkenazi Jewish genetic panel
(AJGP), done on a blood sample, can see whether you or your partner is a
carrier of gene changes that cause certain genetic diseases. If positive, the test can
help show whether you and your partner have an increased chance of having a
child born with one of these diseases.