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Carrier Screening Test

Genetic Compatibility Test in Kenya

Testing for couples who are planning to get married soon or to have a baby for common genetic blood disorders

Healthy parents can pass on genetic conditions to their children. This occurs when the child inherits one copy of a defective gene from each parent. The parents of the child are called carriers because they do not have the condition but carry one copy of the defective gene which they can pass on to their children. The child will get the condition if BOTH parents are carriers. However, if only one parent is a carrier, the children may also become carriers but will NOT suffer from the condition. Some of these conditions include sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, total color blindness, among others.

Other conditions are inherited differently. For example, diseases such as Huntington’s disease and Marfan’s syndrome are passed on by only one parent. If one partner has the defective gene, there is a 50% chance that the couple will have a child with the condition even though the other partner lacks the defective gene.

Genetic compatibility testing checks if you or your partner are carriers of these defective genes. For carrier screening, one or both partners can be tested. Genetic compatibility testing is useful for couples planning to start their families and want to know about their carrier status. This enables them to make a decision on whether to get a child together. If they get a baby with the condition, they are empowered on how to take care of the baby. It is also useful for any individual or couple going through assisted reproduction, including IVF. Embryos without the condition can be selected. People with a family history of a genetic mutation, high-risk population groups for specific diseases, individuals wishing to know more about their genetic background and sperm and oocyte donors, and recipients of sperm or oocyte donation can also benefit from this test.

Genetic Conditions Tested

Consanguinity Testing

The consanguinity test determines if 2 people are related by blood. We define consanguinous relationships as those between 2 people who are second cousins or closer. Couples who have sexual relations and who are related by blood are most likely to have children with harmful genetic conditions. In such relationships, the children inherit two copies of a harmful recessive gene rather than only one, which is likely to double their chances of having harmful effects.

If you are not sure about you and or your partner's origin and suspect that you may share some kinship, you may test for consanguinity either as a seperate test or as part of the genetic testing panel

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