Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Panel (AJGP) - Who Should Be Tested?
Genetic tests can be done for
anyone who wants to know whether he or she is a carrier of certain diseases.
The Ashkenazi Jewish genetic panel (AJGP) shows the chance of having a child
with a disease that is more common among people of Eastern European Jewish
heritage. Anyone who is interested in knowing his or her carrier status can ask
for the test, but a doctor must order it.
Genetic test results
ethical, religious, or legal concerns. You should have
genetic counseling before making a decision about
Genetic counselors are trained to explain the test and
its possible results clearly. A genetic counselor can help you make
An AJGP may be recommended for people of
Eastern European Jewish heritage, including:
- Partners of people with diseases on the test
panel. For example, if one partner has
cystic fibrosis (CF) and the other partner has the CF
gene change, a child will have a 50% chance of having CF.
planning to have children.
- Pregnant women (and their partners) who
seek prenatal care, whether they have a history of genetic diseases or
- Adults with a positive family history of a disease that is on the
If only one member of a couple has Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, that person is tested first. If test results show that the person is a carrier of a genetic disease, then his or her partner also may be tested.