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[Editorial] Are we ready for universal genomic sequencing for newborns?

“Over the course of the next few decades, the availability of cheap, efficient DNA sequencing technology will lead to a medical landscape in which each baby’s genome is sequenced, and that information is used to shape a lifetime of personalized strategies for disease prevention, detection, and treatment”, said Francis Collins—the current director of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2014. However, after a 4-year research process funded by NIH, such optimism is not shared in the latest report—Sequencing Newborns: A Call for Nuanced Use of Genomic Technologies—released by The Hastings Center, a US-based, non-partisan, bioethics think tank, last month.

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