Jewish genetic testing – an affordable option

While researching an upcoming story about the advances in infertility treatment, I ran across some information about the importance of genetic testing – and its high cost. For many Jewish couples that want to have a child, the cost can be prohibitive.

The Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix offers an affordable solution. The center will hold a screening event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. The testing costs $65 for individuals ages 18-45 and is free with a valid student ID. New this year: If you have health insurance, bring your insurance card and you’ll receive a free screening. You must pre-register and pay the $65 fee, which will be refunded. Also, the Jewish Genetics Disease Center will pay your required co-pay.

The center’s executive director, Randee Pri-Tal, says during the screening, the center will test its 1,000th person.

According to the center, one in four Jewish individuals of Ashkenazi Eastern European descent is a carrier for one or more Jewish genetic diseases, which includeCanavan disease, Tay-Sachs disease and Gaucher disease.

If you’d like more information, here are links to a few Jewish News stories we’ve written about genetic testing in the past:

http://tinyurl.com/genetics-gold

http://tinyurl.com/gen-testing

http://tinyurl.com/gen-Stutzman

To register for testing or for more information, visit jewishgeneticsphx.org or call Randee Pri-Tal at 480-668-3347.

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