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May 23/30, 2012

Genomic Sequencing in Newborn Screening Programs

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Author Affiliations: University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (sgreeley@uchicago.edu).

JAMA. 2012;307(20):1911-1912. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.3635

To the Editor: Drs Goldenberg and Sharp1 detail the serious and difficult ethical concerns surrounding potential use of genomic technologies in NBS. We agree that these issues must be addressed carefully before proceeding; however, the authors fail to consider conditions for which easy mechanisms for biochemical screening do not currently exist but that could be predicted reliably by gene sequencing.

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