My Screening Journey: Part 3

April 24, 2015

by Sierra Weiss


This is the final installment of the three-part series about my genetic screening experience with JScreen.

My name is Sierra and I am a freshman at Emory University. A few weeks ago, I elected to be screened to learn about my genetic makeup. Although I don’t plan to start a family any time soon, I am very interested in genetics and JScreen sparked my desire to learn more about mine.


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After using JScreen’s effortless genetic screening kit, I sent it to their lab and anxiously awaited my test results. My family has no history of genetic diseases; however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I am not a carrier. After a very short lapse of time, I received a notification that my results were accessible; I was nervous and very curious about what I would learn. As I prepared to read the results, I reminded myself that if I was a carrier for any of the diseases I was tested for, JScreen staff was readily available with counseling and support. Comforted with this understanding, I read through my results.

I happily discovered that I am not a carrier for any of the 87 genetic diseases that JScreen’s expanded panel tests for. If my results had been different, I know that JScreen would have recommended screening on my future partner, and guided me through potential options to help ensure the healthiest life for my future children.

I hope that following my experience with JScreen has helped you better understand the process and the real ease the kit provides!


JScreen is a non-profit, community-based public health initiative dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases. Headquartered in Atlanta at Emory University School of Medicine, the JScreen initiative is a collaboration among clinical geneticists, socially minded businesses, and nonprofits to provide everyday people with a ready access point to cutting-edge genetic testing technology, patient education, and genetic counseling services.