Yeshiva University Hosts Genetic Screening Event For Students
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Yeshiva University Hosts Genetic Screening Event For Students

JScreen, a national non-profit dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases, brings their screening right to students.

Yeshiva University students come out to JScreen's event. Courtesy of Jason Edelstein
Yeshiva University students come out to JScreen's event. Courtesy of Jason Edelstein

More than 200 students showed up at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus in NYC for JScreen‘s Jewish genetic screening event.  JScreen is a national non-profit public health initiative dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases. It hosted a genetic screening event for students to learn what’s in their genes, and help them take control of their future. JScreen collected saliva samples onsite and students will receive their results a few weeks later by phone or video teleconference via a certified genetic counselor.

One of the key points of education for JScreen is that there are more diseases to be aware of, and to test for, than Tay-Sachs, which many people know to be not as prevalent as before.

JScreen gives individuals and couples important information to help them plan ahead for the health of their future children.  Testing is performed by a certified laboratory and results are reviewed and reported to participants by genetic counselors. The screening panel includes Tay-Sachs, Cystic Fibrosis, and over 200 other genetic diseases.

ABOUT JSCREEN

JScreen is a national non-profit public health initiative dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases.  Headquartered in Atlanta at Emory University School of Medicine, the JScreen initiative provides convenient at-home access to cutting-edge genetic testing technology, patient education and genetic counseling services.  JScreen believes the combination of education, access to premier gene screening technologies and personalized, confidential support are the keys to preventing these devastating diseases. 

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