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The Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix opened up its Education & Screening Events to include Sephardic /Mizrahi Jews officially in April 2016.

Sephardic/Mizrahi Jewish Genetic Diseases included in our Panel:

Ataxia Telangiectasia*
Beta-Thalassemia (B-T)*

Costeff Optic Atrophy (also known as Type III 3-methylglutaconic Aciduria)*
Cystic Fibrosis*
Familial Mediterranean Fever*

Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydogenase Deficiency (G6PD)* – only on Universal Plus panel, mild condition
Hereditary Inclusion Body Myopathy (HIBM)/GNE Myopathy*
Metachromatic Leukodystrophy* 
Polyglandular Syndrome*
Pseudocholinesterase Deficiency*
Spinal Muscular Atrophy*

* = on our panel currently


Given that our Jewish Community has become more and more integrated over the generations, it is vital that those with Sephardic, Ashkenazi or any other combination of genetic makeup be screened. Recessive genetic mutations can lie dormant for many generations and not present any signs of family history or any indication that you could be a carrier. The only way to determine whether you are a carrier is to be screened or to have an affected child.