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.
1 in 31
1 in 31 Americans is a symptomless carrier for cystic fibrosis1
1 in 6k-10k
1 in 6K–10k babies worldwide are born with spinal muscular atrophy2
1 in 40-50
1 in 40–50 people are carriers of spinal muscular atrophy 2
4 in 10k
4 in 10k babies globally are born with thalassemia3
Carrier screening Test menu
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.
For family members or reproductive partners of known carriers of common conditions, carrier screening testing can help inform medical decision-making and family planning.
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