The importance of screening for Jewish genetic disorders

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1 in 5 people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent is a healthy carrier of at least one severe Jewish Genetic Disorder (JGD).

80% of children affected by a severe recessive JGD are born to parents who have no known family history of the condition.

If two people are both carriers of the same recessive JGD there is a 1 in 4 chance that they will have a child affected by the disorder.

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