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 All New Donors Are Tested For 502 Genes

Providing Peace of Mind

As of April 2022, all incoming donor applicants have completed the Sema4 502 Gene Expanded Carrier Screen Panel: Sema4 Elements™ Expanded Carrier Screen with Personalized Residual Risk solution is one of the most comprehensive carrier screens available on the market. It screens for inherited disorders associated with 502 genes, using next-generation sequencing. 

Over the past ten years carriers screening has expanded rapidly as the cost of genetic testing has decreased and the knowledge of genetic conditions has increased. For this reason, some of Seattle Sperm Bank’s donors have had more comprehensive screening than others. The size of the panel coincides with the year that the donor entered our donation program. As a result, not all donors have been tested for the same conditions or with the same methods. Genetic test results for each donor are available on each donor’s profile page.

Find Your Donor

Intelligent Donor Search

To better serve our clients, we have created a donor search tool with filtering options, to show only donors that have been tested and screened negative for certain conditions.  

For example, if you are a known carrier for Pendred Syndrome, you can select that condition from the dropdown list in the donor search database and then select “Find Match.” The resulting matches would only show available donors who were tested and found to be negative for Pendred Syndrome. 

Seattle Sperm Bank can help guide you through your options. If you have any genetic testing related questions, you can schedule a time with our Genetic Counselor HERE. 

Please note: Even if a donor has been evaluated for carrier status, a negative result reduces, but does not eliminate, the chance of the donor being a carrier. If you are a known carrier of a genetic condition please contact us or use our Donor Search tool, and we can provide you a list of donors who have been screened for this condition and found to be negative. If you do not know your carrier status, you can easily find out by ordering a discounted saliva kit at Myriad’s website below. 

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Learn Your Carrier Status

Carrier Screening is used to identify the risk of passing certain inherited disorders on to children and to help inform sperm donor selection criteria. Seattle Sperm Bank offers 175 gene expanded carrier screening through Myriad Genetics.  Click the “Get Started” button below to begin. Seattle Sperm Bank’s Medical Director, Jeffrey Olliffe M.D., will be listed as the referring physician.  Click “Save and Continue” to begin entering in your information so that you can receive a DNA kit from Myriad in the mail.  Before ordering this testing, consider speaking with your own doctor or one of Seattle Sperm Bank’s genetic counselors to confirm that the testing covers any diseases/genes that have been identified in your donors of interest.  You may also pursue carrier screening through your own doctor. 

  • Myriad promises to provide affordable access to testing and comprehensive support for ALL appropriate patients and their families 
  • Patients with questions regarding their Myriad bill or insurance Explanation of Benefits should contact Myriad rather than their health care provider.  Myriad is here to help: 844-MYRIAD9 (844-697-4239) or billinghelp@myriad.com 

To order your carrier screening, please contact our genetic counselors at genetics@seattlespermbank.com or schedule a complimentary genetic consult here.

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