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February 18, 2004

Expanded Screening of Newborns for Genetic Disorders—Reply

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(7):820-821. doi:10.1001/jama.291.7.821-a

In Reply: At the end of their article, Dr Waisbren and colleagues1 posed several questions and concluded, "Hopefully, continued study will permit detailed analyses of these questions so that rational decision making will occur." They now criticize my omission of "metabolic and genetic physicians" as advocates for expanded screening. I cannot speak for these physicians, but I would prefer to wait until the evidence supported "rational decision making" before becoming an advocate.