FAMILYASSAY™ IS FOR ANY COUPLE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR RISK OF PASSING GENETIC DISEASES TO THEIR CHILDREN
Many couples have a family history of serious diseases and conditions. They want to have children but don’t want them to suffer in the same way. So they want to understand their risk of passing those inherited diseases on to their offspring. Genetic counselling can help with this in some cases, but relies heavily on family history: it cannot provide a complete analysis without using detailed genetic information.
FAMILYASSAY™ informs you, as a couple,of your combined risk – IF ANY – of passing those diseases to your children, by comparing your own genetic markers against each other and against a comprehensive database of markers associated with over 700 diseases. This helps us to identify the risk – IF ANY – of your children either suffering from or simply carrying those diseases and so helps you, with your genetic counsellor, to make decisions as you plan your family.
A child inherits one copy of every gene in its DNA from its father and another copy from its mother(apart from those on the X and Y chromosome in the case of male children). If one parent carries – but does not suffer from – an inheritable disease caused by a genetic mutation in the DNA, the child could, at worst, inherit the same genetic mutation but would not suffer from the disease. However if both parents carry the same genetic mutation in their DNA there is a 25% chance that their child will inherit the same mutation from BOTH parents and so will suffer from the disease that the mutation causes.
FAMILYASSAY™ is a simple non-invasive genetic test, performed either on DNA taken from a cheek swab from each parent, or on a cheek swab from the female partner and a semen sample collected from the male partner by your fertility clinic. It works by screening your DNA for specific features that are known to be markers for specific diseases that you have told us you are concerned about; it identifies, in particular, any of these markers which both parents have in common and tells you what they may mean for the health of your children.
HOW TO REQUEST FAMILYASSAY™?
1- Provide us with your contact details and some basic information by following the “ENQUIRE” link on the right side of this page.
2- ICPM will send you the test request form, consent form, terms and conditions and payment information: complete and return to us the test request and consent forms and pay for the test.
3-ICPM will send the FAMILYASSAY™ sample collection kit and instructions to you or to your clinic at the address you have provided.
4-You will be asked to collect a sample from each partner and we will extract and analyse DNA from each one: a swab of tissue (buccal swab) from the inside of your cheek of the female partner and either a buccal swab or sample of semen from the male partner, depending on your choice of test,and should return the samples immediately to ICPM for processing.