Recombine’s CarrierMap is an industry-leading carrier screen that can give parents the information they need to make smart family healthcare decisions, long before baby is born. By assessing your risk of having a child with a genetic disease, CarrierMap makes women feel informed, empowered, and reassured about their baby’s health.
Got questions? Check out these 4 FAQs about CarrierMap from Recombine.
- I don’t have a genetic disease. Could I still be a carrier?
- What happens if I am a carrier?
- How much does CarrierMap cost?
- How long does it take to find out my results?
Yes. Anybody can be a carrier of a recessive genetic condition and can be at risk of passing it on to their children, even if there is no family history of the disorder. Everybody has two copies of each gene: one inherited from their mother, and one from their father. Recessive genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, require both copies of the gene to be affected in order for a person to actually develop the disease, so you could be a carrier without ever knowing it. CarrierMap tests for carrier status of over 250 different genetic diseases.
Recombine has a team of trained and certified genetic counselors on staff who will work with you individually to help you understand your results, discuss implications, and help guide your next steps. However, if you do test positive as a carrier of a certain condition, it’s often recommended that your partner also get tested in order to determine if your child may be at risk. The effects of recessive disorders vary depending on the condition, so Recombine’s genetic counselors will work with you to help you make the best decisions for your family.
You can request CarrierMap through your doctor, and you will be able to choose whether to take it as a blood or saliva test. Recombine’s state-of-the-art technology allows for quick turnaround on samples, as they will return results to your doctor’s office within 5-7 business days after your sample has arrived at Recombine’s laboratory.
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