Carrier screening

Inclusive screening for genetic variation

For prospective and expectant parents, identifying if their children might be at risk for a genetic condition is important for informed decision-making. Carrier screening, which is performed before pregnancy or within the first few weeks of pregnancy, can provide parents with a personalized risk assessment for having a child with certain genetic disorders.

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Panel testing

Mayo Clinic Laboratories offers two carrier screening panels that test for the most common inherited disorders: cystic fibrosis (CF), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Fragile X syndrome, and hemoglobinopathies.

Key testing


Single disorder testing

For family members or reproductive partners of known carriers of common conditions, carrier screening testing can help inform medical decision-making and family planning.  

Key testing

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