Would You Want To Know The Secrets Hidden In Your Baby’s Genes? – MARY HARRIS October 31, 2016 3:42 AM ET


Scott Bakal for NPR

Just about every day, genetic counselor Shawn Fayer heads to the maternity ward at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and tries to convince new parents to give him a blood sample.

Fayer is offering gene sequencing for newborns. It gives parents a tantalizing look at their baby’s genetic information.

New parents Lauren and Ian Patrick, from Marion, Mass., were excited when they were first approached earlier this month.

“My initial reaction — why wouldn’t someone do this? Why wouldn’t they want the information?” Ian Patrick says as he cradles his newborn son, Finn. “For me, more information is better, even if it’s not always good.”

If his parents sign him up, Finn would join the BabySeq project, an NIH-funded study led by Dr. Robert Green, a medical geneticist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. With genetic testing getting cheaper and cheaper, Green wants to figure out what happens when parents know their child’s genetic blueprint from day one.

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NHS DNA scheme to fight cancer and genetic diseases – By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website 22 December 2014 Last updated at 00:33


A new genetics project could help “unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases”, the NHS says.

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A new genetics project could help “unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases”, the NHS says.

Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA information to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases.

It is focussing on cancer and rare genetic diseases.

The aim is to look at the genetic code of 100,000 people within three years in order to develop new tests and drugs.

The NHS said it was aiming to be the most scientifically advanced healthcare system in the world.

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A new genetics project could help “unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases”, the NHS says.