Understanding what carrier screening is and how it works can help determine whether it is appropriate for you and your partner.
Everyone has two copies of 23 chromosomes — one set from your mother and one from your father for a total of 46. However, sometimes these genes can be abnormal. If you have one normal chromosome and a mutated counterpart, you are considered a “carrier.” If two carriers with the same mutation have a baby, they may pass on a genetic disorder. These types of disorders are called recessive conditions. A carrier screening panel can reveal if you and/or your partner are carriers of the same recessive disease traits.
The Horizon Test checks for up to 274 recessive and X-linked conditions that you could unknowingly pass on to a baby.
The Horizon Test offers:
- complimentary pre-and post-test genetic information and counselling
- next-generation sequencing—the latest technology—to provide better detection rates
- patient-friendly reports, fact sheets, and videos to help you understand your results
- a choice of 3 carrier screening panels (see below)
Horizon 4 Panel (Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile-X, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy)
Horizon 106 Panel (comprehensive screen suitable for patients with Ashkenazi and Sephardic ancestry)
Horizon 274 Panel (pan-ethnic extended panel)