Q: Why do I need carrier screening?

Carrier screening is designed to identify individuals in the healthy, unaffected population that may harbor a genetic change, or mutation, which when passed down to future offspring, may cause disease. Carrier screening is meant for individuals of reproductive age and is most efficiently done when both members of a couple are screened concurrently. If you and your reproductive partner are identified as carriers of a mutation in the same gene, and are therefore at an increased risk for having an affected child, it is recommended that you meet with a Genetic Counselor to discuss all reproductive options available to you. This will help you make the best decisions for your growing family.
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