Genetic testing in West Hartford, Sept. 1

On Sunday, Sept. 1, members of the Jewish community from throughout Connecticut will have the opportunity to learn more about their genes – and gain peace of mind — by taking a few minutes out of their day to stop by a genetic screening booth that will be open at the Mandell JCC’s All Wheel Derby event, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The testing is aimed at identifying those who carry genes for Ashkenazi Jewish diseases and Fragile X. The booth will be manned by a trained phlebotomist from the genetic testing lab, Progenity. A few weeks after the testing, Dr. Adam Borgida, a physician at Hartford Hospital’s Prenatal Testing Center, will receive the confidential results. His genetic counselors will help those affected navigate the next steps.

This test is generally covered by insurance (please bring your card). In the event that it is not, those tested will not be billed more than $25.

The Mandell JCC is located at 335 Bloomfield Ave.

For more information, call Rabbi Ilana Garber at (860) 233-9696 ext. 104

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