Jnetics in Schools

Jnetics in Schools is a carrier testing programme for sixth-form students, primarily in all eight mainstream Jewish secondary schools in the UK.

Participation is free to students, it is fully subsidised thanks to our generous donors.

  • Yavneh College
  • Immanuel College
  • Hasmonean Girls
  • Hasmonean Boys
  • JFS
  • JCoSS
  • King Solomon
  • King David (Manchester)

Jnetics in Schools is a two-part programme:

  1. Jnetics visit each school and conduct an informative educational assembly to Year 12 students about Jewish genetic disorders and their associated risks. Following this, students are able to register and book their recessive carrier screening test.
  2. Jnetics return to school in the following two weeks with a group of trained volunteers who guide students through the test. The test is a simple buccal cheek swab.

Jnetics then send the samples to the lab and students can expect to receive their results by email in up to 20 weeks’ time.

The Jnetics screening covers 47 of the most severe recessive genetic disorders that are relatively more common in either Ashkenazi or Sephardi/Mizrahi Jews. A full list of the disorders covered by Jnetics screening can be found here.

Please note that Jnetics carrier screening does NOT cover BRCA.

1 in 5 people of Jewish descent are carriers of at least one of the recessive Jewish genetic disorders we test for.

New!

Jnetics is now pleased to offer screening to students with at least one biological Jewish grandparent at mainstream schools, following our successful educational Jewish assemblies.

Please contact us at students@jnetics.org if you would like us to speak at your JSoc assembly.

This will be an online programme. Students register online and pre-book a screening appointment. A screening pack is sent in the post containing everything needed to complete the test during the appointment.

Students will then attend their screening appointment via Zoom with a trained Screening Advisor. The Screening Advisor will guide the student through completing the form and how to collect the sample.
Following the appointment, students post their sample to Jnetics, which will then be sent on to the lab. Students should expect to receive their results within 20 weeks.

Please register your interest in Jnetics in Schools below

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