Most people are not aware they are carriers for genetic diseases. The genetic compatibility test screens for more than 600 genetic disorders before pregnancy, preventing the possibility of transmitting diseases to children.
Some babies are born with lifelong — sometimes debilitating — diseases or disorders. Called autosomal recessive diseases, these diseases are inherited from seemingly healthy biological parents. How does this happen?
Most people carry gene mutations responsible for genetic disorders, but since the disorders are recessive, they live generally healthy lives. That’s the good news.
Here’s the bad news: because most people are not aware they are carriers, there is a chance that their child will develop the disorder.
Since many of these conditions are chronic and incurable, there is a need for a pre-pregnancy genetic compatibility screening that will determine potential parents’ risk of passing on a disease to their future child.
Who can take the Genetic Compatibility Test?
If a couple happens to carry the same mutation that causes a disorder, there is a 25% risk that their child will develop the disorder.
The role of the Genetic Compatibility Test (GCT) is to prevent this from happening.
The Genetic Compatibility Test determines a couple’s risk of possibly passing a genetic disease to their child. By accurately screening for genes that are responsible for multiple diseases and disorders, people can make more informed family planning decisions.
Couples or individuals who are looking to donate or receive sperm or eggs can also benefit from this test. Even couples who are already pregnant can take the Genetic Compatibility Test for an assessment of the genetic health of the pregnancy.
Aside from couples planning to have children, this test can also be beneficial to individuals who want to know their personal genetic status.
What does the Genetic Compatibility Test offer?
The client can choose between these two types of test:
- Genetic compatibility test that analyzes 555 genes and tests for more than 600 hereditary disorders
- Extended genetic compatibility test that analyzes 2306 genes and tests for more than 3000 hereditary disorders
Some of the most common genetic diseases covered by the test include the following:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Glycogen Storage Disease
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Wilson Disease
What happens when a genetic incompatibility is discovered?
If the test results show that a couple is genetically incompatible, we recommend that the couple undergo In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment and Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), which ensures that the embryo will be healthy.
The couple can also consider donation of gametes using a gamete that does not carry the same gene mutation that causes the disorder.
How much does the Genetic Compatibility Test cost?
If you are interested in this test, please contact our team for a quotation.