Many (maybe all, I’m not sure) of America’s states tests newborns for the presence of certain inheritable disorders, but should that include your entire genome? This release from EurekaAlert addresses many potential problems that might arise in such a case.
Should whole-genome sequencing become part of newborn screening?
Ethical, legal and social issues should be weighed before adopting the technology in public programs, researchers argue
That question is likely to stir debate in coming years in many of the more-than-60 countries that provide newborn screening, as whole-genome sequencing (WGS) becomes increasingly affordable and reliable. Newborn screening programs – which involve drawing a few drops of blood from a newborn’s heel – have been in place since the late 1960s, and are credited with having saved thousands of lives by identifying certain genetic, endocrine or metabolic disorders that can be treated effectively when caught early enough. Advocates of routine WGS for newborns argue that the new technology could help detect and manage a wider array of disorders.… Read the rest