People dream of what their babies may become: Doctor… lawyer… but first things first: a healthy baby. Through remarkable advancements and a modern twist on traditional Jewish genetic disease screening, JScreen has made this process easily accessible, affordable and convenient. JScreen is a new, first-of-its-kind, public health initiative dedicated to preventing genetic diseases through saliva-based carrier screening.
The JScreen test uses novel technology that ensures the highest possible carrier detection rates for over 80 diseases, including Tay Sachs, Cystic Fibrosis, Gaucher disease and many others common in the Jewish and general population. Once someone registers online at www.JScreen.org, a saliva kit is mailed to the person’s home. When results are ready, one of JScreen’s certified genetic counselors explain the results by phone or secure video-conference. Anyone in the United States can request a kit, 24/7.
The cost of the JScreen test is only $99 with medical insurance. JScreen’s philanthropic funds are used to subsidize the remainder of the screening costs. EJF Philanthropies has partnered with the Marcus Foundation to bring JScreen to the D.C. area and ensure the health of future generations.