Jnetics in Schools

Jnetics tests sixth form students for free (fully subsidised by Jnetics through fundraising and the generosity of the community) in all eight mainstream Jewish secondary schools in the UK.

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

Jnetics visit all the schools each academic year and provide an informative educational assembly to Year 12 students about Jewish genetic disorders and their risk. After the assembly students have the opportunity to register and book their recessive carrier screening test.

Jnetics return to school the following week with a group of trained volunteers who advise the students how to do the 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.

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

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.