Full Genomic Sequencing for Newborns Raises Questions

March 10, 2017

(Scientific American) – Many serious diseases that can be screened for at birth are not included in standard newborn genetic tests. Full genome sequencing of newborns for existing and potential disorders is now technologically possible and might soon be economically feasible. Scientists are exploring whether the resulting flood of genetic information will help parents and physicians care for newborns—or add unnecessary anxiety, complexity and cost.

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