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Sequencing Newborns: A Call for Nuanced Use of Genomic Technologies

January 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST


Josephine Johnston, LLB, MBHL, Director of Research and Research Scholar, The Hastings Center

Affordable genome sequencing has led some to suggest that all newborns be sequenced at birth, setting the stage for a lifetime of medical care and self‐directed preventive actions tailored to each child’s genome. As part of the NSIGHT studies, funded by NIH, this suggestion was scrutinized by an Ethics and Policy Advisory Board, which recommended against population-wide whole genome or whole exome sequencing. Instead, we recommend a more nuanced approach, that tailors sequencing to the needs of children, families, and society in various care contexts, from public health screening programs to pediatric care to NICUs.

Seminar on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics


January 13, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
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Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
622 W. 168th Street, 10th Floor, Rm 405A and B
New York, NY United States
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