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Sequencing baby's genome: a help in treatment or too much information?

Sequencing baby's genome: a help in treatment or too much information?

Diapers? Check. Infant car seat? Check. Comprehensive genome analysis? Roger that, too. For thousands of newborns born in and around Boston; San Francisco; Kansas City, Missouri; and North Carolina over the next several years, a full genomic sequencing may be among the medical tests conducted in the first days of baby's life.  The procedure is anything but routine. But a $20-million bucket of grants announced this week by the National Institutes of Health will help decide whether such genomic analysis should be among the routine screenings conducted on all newborns. At issue in the studies to be undertaken are questions of health, efficiency, privacy and ethics, as well as...

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