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Gene sequencing in newborns may identify later health risks

Researchers performed gene sequencing on 159 newborns and found that 9.4% had a genetic mutation linked to a higher likelihood of a disorder that may arise or could be managed during childhood or had a mutation associated with a moderate risk of disorders with adverse outcomes later that could be curbed with childhood treatment. The findings in the American Journal of Human Genetics suggest that "sequencing results have potential to raise questions that may be upsetting for parents, but could also lead to helpful or even lifesaving interventions," said researcher Alan Beggs.

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