23andMe Carrier Status Tests:
What you should know
|Test Examples||Relevant Ethnicities|
|Bloom Syndrome||Ashkenazi Jewish|
|Sickle Cell Anemia||African, Middle Eastern, |
South Asian, Caribbean,
and South American
|Tay-Sachs Disease||Ashkenazi Jewish, Cajun|
Should you speak to a genetic counselor?
We encourage you to learn more so you can decide whether testing is right for you. A genetic counselor, a healthcare professional with special training in genetic conditions, will be able to answer your specific questions and help you make an informed decision.
sample questions to discuss with a genetic counselor:
You do not have the variant(s) we tested. There is still a chance that you could have a variant not covered by this test.
You are a carrier and could pass the variant on to each of your children.
You will most likely pass a variant on to each of your children.
Result not determined
Your result could not be determined.
* For some reports, a customer may receive a result indicating that they have two copies of a variant. In these cases, the customer will pass a variant on to each of his or her children.
** For some reports, customers with one copy of a variant will also be told that they are at risk for developing symptoms of the condition.
*** For some reports, customers with two variants (or two copies of a variant) will also be told that they are at risk for developing symptoms of the condition.
Have a family history of a genetic condition? Planning to have children?
- Share your results with your doctor and discuss further testing options.
- You can also discuss your results with your healthcare provider or a genetic counselor.
Consider sharing your results with relatives.
- Your information – as well as knowing their own carrier status – may be useful to them.