What is carrier screening?
All of us are carriers of at least one genetic condition.1 Most carriers are healthy with no family history, but they are at risk of passing on a genetic condition to their child. Carrier screening is a genetic test that identifies if you carry a gene with a change, or variant, that can impact your child.When performed before conceiving, genetic carrier screening can provide actionable knowledge and the opportunity to pursue alternative reproductive options. Carrier screening during pregnancy can help couples decide on prenatal or infant diagnostic testing, and if necessary, help them prepare emotionally, medically, and financially for a baby affected by a genetic condition.
Hear one family’s story and how carrier screening can help families
“It went from, ‘I’m going to coach her soccer or softball team’… to ‘I’m going to coach her how to roll around in a wheelchair, and maybe one day she’ll walk.’
Had we gotten carrier screening and known before Lola was born, they probably would have given her treatment within the first couple of days after birth, and she could have missed no milestones.”
Father of Lola (born with SMA)
Why choose Horizon?
Horizon provides comprehensive screening using the latest technology, including next-generation sequencing. Horizon screens for genes associated with specific inherited genetic conditions, including commonly screened conditions such as cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, fragile X syndrome, and sickle cell anemia.
Advanced technology and unmatched support make Horizon unique among DNA screening tests. The test is easy to take. Results are presented clearly, directly, and can pave the way to critical action steps.
Horizon supports you by offering the following services:
|Informative, easy-to-follow educational videos and pre-test cost estimates
help prepare you for what to expect prior to testing
| Board-certified genetic counselors are available for complimentary
genetic information sessions before and after testing
|Mobile phlebotomy services allow you to have your blood drawn anywhere;
saliva kits are also available for a convenient, no-needle alternative
|NEVA, Natera’s Educational Virtual Assistant, provides easy, 24-7 access
to results, interactive genetic education, and guidance on next steps
Is Horizon right for you?
We’re here to help you find out
1Bell et al. Sci Transl Med. 2011;3(65):65ra4