whole genome sequencing

Amy McGuire on Newborn Sequencing

Today the Beagle welcomes Amy McGuire, Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. Amy, a nationally-recognized expert in the legal and ethical issues associated with genomic medicine, joins Laura to discuss BabySeq and the high-risk, high-reward prospect of making genome sequencing of newborns routine. After a preliminary study many years in the making, Amy is here to assure us of one thing: “what we’re doing isn’t Gattaca.” Also, the take-home message: sequencing healthy babies does not seem, in this initial sample, to increase parental distress or interfere with parent-child bonding.

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