23andMe can inform clinical management
23andMe is more than just a genetic test.
It is an engaging experience for consumers to learn about genetics in the context of carrier status testing*, ancestry, wellness and traits.
The 23andMe experience is for people who are curious about their DNA. It is not intended to diagnose a disease or predict the risk of developing a disease in the future.
23andMe Carrier Status reports* may in certain cases, contain information that could provide you with valuable information for your patients’ clinical management. For example, a patient of reproductive age who is found to be a carrier for a recessive condition may benefit from further testing or from having their partner tested.
23andMe is committed to providing you with the resources you need to care for and empower your engaged patients. To see a list of our complete carrier status test offering click here.
How it works.
1. Order and register kit online.
2. Provide saliva sample and mail to 23andMe.
3. Receive genetic reports.
4. Access tools.
23andMe customers have access to tools to help them apply their newfound knowledge about their DNA. Customers can:
- Share and Compare genetic similarities and differences between themselves, friends and family
- Find and connect with family members through DNA Relatives
- Find a Genetic Counselor to discuss their results with
- Join one of 23andMe’s Forums to engage with other 23andMe users
- Build a Family Tree
What you should know
Carrier status tests detect genetic variants that can cause inherited conditions. These variants are primarily found in certain ethnicities.
Being a carrier means your patient has one variant for the condition. Carriers typically don’t have the condition, but can pass the variant to their children.
Knowing your patient’s carrier status may be important if he or she is planning a family. If your patient and his or her partner are both carriers, they have a 25% chance to have a child with the condition. If your patient is beyond reproductive age, it may be useful for him or her to share their carrier status results with family members, as they may also be carriers.
Genetic counseling can help your patient understand his or her results and options. It is recommended before genetic testing and for individuals who learn that they are carriers.Important information about carrier status tests: our tests can be used to determine carrier status in adults, but cannot determine if you have two copies of the genetic variant. Each test is most relevant for people of certain ethnicities. The tests are not intended to diagnose a disease, or tell you anything about your risk for developing a disease in the future. On their own, carrier status tests are not intended to tell you anything about the health of your fetus, or your newborn child’s risk of developing a particular disease later in life.
Possible test results
What you should know
Your patient does not have the variant(s) we tested. There is still a chance that your patient could have a variant not covered by this test.
Your patient is a carrier and could pass the variant on to each of their children.
Your patient will most likely pass a variant on to each of their children.
Results Not Determined
Your patient’s result could not be determined.
When to refer your patient to a genetic counselor
We encourage our customers to learn more so they can decide whether testing is right for them.
A Genetic Counselor, a health professional with special training in genetic conditions, will be able to answer your patients’ specific questions and help them make informed decisions about testing.
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