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Babies, the Open Books

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Soon it will be both easy and inexpensive to screen a newborn’s whole genome. But that could be a terrible idea.

Almost all babies in the United States undergo some testing at birth. While they’re still at the hospital, clinicians collect a bit of blood from every newborn’s heel to run a standard screen for dozens of conditions. Currently, those screens focus on problems that can be clinically addressed: maladies, detectable within a day or two of birth, for which trea...

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