DNA Scan for Infants Raise Questions of Privacy and Discrimination

October 24, 2017

(CBS) – Genetic counselors in Boston are offering new parents a controversial peek at their baby’s future health. It’s part of a landmark study that could lead to gene scans for all infants at birth. By law, every newborn in America gets a blood test for about 30 conditions including cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia. A trial underway at Brigham and Women’s Hospital uses genomic sequencing to screen for about 1,800 conditions, including some cancers.

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