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July 2011

Dr Robert Guthrie (1916–1995), developer of test to detect phenylketonuria in newborn infants

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(7):585. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.109

Dr Robert Guthrie developed a simple screening test for phenylketonuria (PKU) that ushered in the era of universal newborn screening for metabolic disorders. A microbiologist by training, he was a tireless advocate for people with disabilities, and his leadership helped convince state legislatures to invest in newborn screening programs. The photograph is provided courtesy of the Museum of disABILITY History.

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