Frequently Asked Questions2018-08-31T23:56:52+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Inherited diseases commonly affecting people of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage

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Test Type Testing Time Fee
Ashkenazi Jewish Mutation Panel (10 common disorders, without Cystic Fibrosis) Test 2 to 4 weeks $549 Click Here to Order Kit

All orders received before 3pm PST / 6pm EST are shipped out the same business day. All orders received after 3pm PST / 6pm EST or on weekends or holidays are shipped out the following business day. 24/7 online status check and account management available for all tests.

Are there any other diseases that I should be tested for?2016-12-21T23:00:50+00:00
This disease panel is not an exclusive list of all the inherited diseases affecting people of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. We recommend that Ashkenazi Jewish couples should also be tested for cystic fibrosis, as this is a common disorder among all Caucasians.
Are all disease-causing mutations identified in this panel?2016-12-21T23:00:50+00:00
This panel identifies the most common disease-causing mutations in people of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. These mutations account for more than 90% of all known Ashkenazi Jewish cases for these specific diseases (and higher than 98% for some of the diseases). However, there are less common mutations that can cause disease and will not be identified in this disease panel. Some of these other mutations also occur more frequently in other ethnicities.
How many genes are analyzed in this Jewish disease panel?2016-12-21T23:00:50+00:00
This Jewish disease panel analyzes mutations in eleven different genes that are associated with ten diseases that occur more commonly in people of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.
Does my partner also need to be tested?2016-12-21T23:00:50+00:00
Both parents need to be tested to full understand the risks of disease for their children. This is particularly important if both parents are of Ashkenazi heritage, as each of these diseases are more common in those populations.
If I carry a Jewish disease gene, are my children at risk?2016-12-21T23:00:50+00:00
If both you and your partner carry a defective gene associated with a specific disease, there is a 25% chance that any children will inherit two defective copies of the gene and suffer from the disease symptoms. If only one parent carries a defective gene, the children may also be carriers but will not suffer from the disease.
If my parents or grandparents were affected by a Jewish disease, am I at increased risk?2016-12-21T23:00:50+00:00
The Jewish diseases tested in this panel are all inherited diseases. If one of your parents, grandparents or other ancestors suffered from one of these genetic diseases, it is possible that you have inherited the genetic mutation and may be at risk of the disease (if two defective genes have been inherited) and passing the defective gene to the next generation.
How do I receive my results?2016-12-21T23:00:50+00:00
You can choose to receive your results report by mail, email or both. The test includes one copy of the results by mail and one copy by email at no charge. The results report is issued immediately once the testing is completed.
Are my results confidential?2016-12-21T23:00:51+00:00
Yes, your results are 100% confidential. No one will be able to access your account or your results unless you give them your confidential account login. You can change the password to your account at any time. Please remember to safeguard your login information and not share it with anyone.
How long do I have to send the samples back?2016-12-21T23:00:51+00:00
The DNA testing kit does not have an expiry date so you can use the kit at any time. Once the DNA sample is collected, the sample should be returned to the laboratory for testing within 3 months of the collection date. The DNA sample will remain stable for 3 months at room temperature after collection.
Can I have more than one copy of the results?2016-12-21T23:00:51+00:00
If your sample contains intact DNA, then a full DNA profile will be obtained. However, if your sample does not contain DNA or contains degraded DNA, then only a partial profile or no profile at all is obtained. Even if no profile is obtained, the cost still applies for each sample that is submitted.
Is there an age limit?2016-12-21T23:00:51+00:00
No, there is no age limit for Jewish Disease DNA Test testing. The test can be performed on individuals at any age, even newborns. The sample is collected easily and discretely using buccal swabs.
Which countries can you ship to?2016-12-21T23:00:51+00:00
The DNA collection kits can be shipped to any country in the world.
How long will testing take?2016-12-21T23:00:51+00:00
DNA testing begins immediately the day that your samples arrive at the laboratory and is completed within 5 to 7 business days. In some special situations, additional testing may be required, which could increase the turnaround time by a few extra days. You can check the status of your test online 24/7 using your secure account login. Your test report is released immediately once testing is complete.