If you could see what your baby's medical future holds, would you want to know?
That's a question some parents may have to answer, because a $20 million grant has been approved to determine if full genomic sequencing should be done on newborns.
Over the next 5 years, certain medical centers will provide the option of gene analysis, revealing any genetic disorder in a child within the first few days of life. Then, scientists will study whether early treatment can make a difference, and at what cost in terms of privacy and ethical issues.
The testing could begin as soon as next year in areas such as Boston, San Francisco, Kansas City and North Carolina.
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