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February 16, 2012 1:59 pm

Philadelphia Center Lowers Cost for Jewish Genetic Disease Testing

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Market Watch – The Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia has been at the forefront of screening, education and genetic counseling regarding the 19 diseases that have a high carrier rate in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, or those whose ancestors are from Central and Eastern Europe. The goal is to provide individuals who are carriers with the knowledge to prevent these diseases from being passed on to their children. Up until recently, the high cost of screening has presented a financial barrier to some at risk adults, who should be screened prior to becoming pregnant. Today, with a newly formed relationship with AMDx Laboratory Sciences in Farmington Hills, Michigan, the Victor Center announces the cost of screening for the full panel of 19 is capped at $25 for all insured individuals.

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