Newborn Test Looks For 193 Diseases in Genetic Code

The US government recommends newborns be screened for a minimum of 34 disorders (some states may have additional requirements). The standard test involves a small sample of blood taken the baby’s heel. This new test takes only a swab of saliva from a newborn’s cheek; it will probe the baby’s genes for 193 genetic diseases, like anemia, epilepsy, and metabolic disorders. The $649 test is meant for healthy babies, as a supplement to existing screening tests. Continue reading “Newborn Test Looks For 193 Diseases in Genetic Code” »

Will Gene Scanning Newborns Help or Hinder Their Future?

With genetic testing getting cheaper, scientists with the BabySeq project want to start offering testing to newborn babies. As well as interest in the study of genetics, scientists want to see what happens when parents know their child’s DNA blueprint right off the bat. Continue reading “Will Gene Scanning Newborns Help or Hinder Their Future?” »