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Medical News and Perspectives
November 17, 2004

Expanded Newborn Genetic Testing Urged

JAMA. 2004;292(19):2325-2326. doi:10.1001/jama.292.19.2325

Advances in diagnostic technology and medical treatment for inherited disorders have prompted calls to expand the number of these conditions screened at birth. A task force commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is recommending that all states test newborns for 29 genetic disorders that are detectable through blood analysis.

This recommendation comes following a 3-year study by the American College of Medical Genetics, in Bethesda, Md. The group said publication of the study’s findings was imminent, and health officials hope that public comment will help refine the official recommendations made by the DHHS.

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