Eugene’s carrier test is an at-home genetic test to see if you or your partner carry a gene variant that could cause a serious genetic condition in your child.
The common conditions we screen for include Cystic Fibrosis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Thalassemia, and Tay-Sachs condition, but there are close to 300 recessive and X-linked conditions that are screened.
We all carry variants in our genes
These variants can affect how our bodies grow, develop and function.
Carrying variants is completely normal
We’re all different and we all carry these gene variants, most times we just don’t know about them.
Some variants can affect our children
If these variants are shared by both partners it can cause a serious genetic condition in their child.
Family history isn’t everything
Most children born with an inherited genetic condition never had a family history of it. Obviously this often feels completely ‘out of the blue’ for the parents.
Genetic conditions don’t discriminate
Our test includes many serious conditions that are more frequent in different ethnic communities are often excluded in industry standard tests.
Individually rare, collectively common
When combined, the average risk of having a child with one of these conditions is higher than the risk of having a child with Down syndrome.
Knowing your risk in advance can help you make more informed pregnancy choices; and if necessary, significantly reduce your risk of passing on the condition.
Planning your pregnancy
Some consider their carrier status as partners, just before trying to get pregnant to make informed reproductive choices for their family.
Planning your future
Some consider their carrier status as important health information to incorporate in their plan for their future, long before they think about starting a family.
Planning your marriage
For many, having a natural pregnancy after a marriage is what’s most important. In this case, it’s important to know your carrier status before marriage.
All conditions that are included in the Eugene carrier screen are:
Serious genetic conditions that can impact the child during an early stage of their life
Actionable – in that you can do something about it with the information that you get
If two people are carriers for the same condition, there’s a one in four chance that their children would have the condition.
For x-linked conditions the sex of the parent who passes on the variant influences the risk for the children.
Send this to the people you trust to speak to about your health — whether that’s your partner, parent, doctor or friend.