Best practices for the interpretation and reporting of clinical whole genome sequencing

NPJ Genom Med. 2022 Apr 8;7(1):27. doi: 10.1038/s41525-022-00295-z. ABSTRACT Whole genome sequencing (WGS) shows promise as a first-tier diagnostic test for patients with rare genetic disorders. However, standards addressing the definition and deployment practice of a best-in-class test are lacking. To address these gaps, the Medical Genome Initiative, a consortium of leading health care and […]

Healthcare Professionals’ Attitudes toward Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing in Pediatric Acute Care

Children. 2022; 9(3):357. Abstract We aimed to characterize knowledge and attitudes about rapid whole genome sequencing (rWGS) implementation of a broad constituency of healthcare professionals at hospitals participating in a statewide initiative to implement rWGS for hospitalized neonates and children up to 18 years of age meeting clinical criteria for testing. We surveyed 307 healthcare […]

2022: A pivotal year for diagnosis and treatment of rare genetic diseases

Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2022 Feb 25:mcs.a006204. doi: 10.1101/mcs.a006204. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT The start of 2022 is an inflection point in the development of diagnostics and treatments for rare genetic diseases in prenatal, pediatric, and adult individuals; the theme of this special issue. Here I briefly review recent developments in the […]

Retrospective identification of prenatal fetal anomalies associated with diagnostic neonatal genomic sequencing results

Prenat Diagn. 2022 Feb 9. doi: 10.1002/pd.6111. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To determine which types of fetal anomalies are associated with postnatal diagnoses of genetic diseases by genomic sequencing and to assess how prenatal genomic sequencing could affect clinical management. METHOD: This was a secondary analysis of the second Newborn Sequencing in Genomic […]

Evaluating use of changing technologies for rapid next-generation sequencing in pediatrics

Pediatr Res. 2022 Feb 3. doi: 10.1038/s41390-022-01965-5. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Rapid next-generation sequencing (NGS) offers the potential to shorten the diagnostic process and improve the care of acutely ill children. The goal of this study was to report our findings, including benefits and limitations, of a targeted NGS panel and rapid genome […]

Cost Efficacy of Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 

Front. Pediatr., 24 January 2022. doi: 10.3389/fped.2021.809536. ABSTRACT The diagnostic and clinical utility of rapid whole genome sequencing (rWGS) for critically ill children in the intensive care unit (ICU) has been substantiated by multiple studies, but comprehensive cost-effectiveness evaluation of rWGS in the ICU outside of the neonatal age group is lacking. In this study, […]

Effect of Whole-Genome Sequencing on the Clinical Management of Acutely Ill Infants With Suspected Genetic Disease: A Randomized Clinical Trial

JAMA Pediatr. 2021 Sep 27. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.3496. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT IMPORTANCE: Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) shows promise as a first-line genetic test for acutely ill infants, but widespread adoption and implementation requires evidence of an effect on clinical management. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of WGS on clinical management in a racially and ethnically […]

Perspectives of Pediatric Providers Regarding Clinical Use of Pharmacogenetics

S D Med. 2021 Jul;74(7):294-301. ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: A major goal of the current personalized medicine era is to utilize pharmacogenetics (PGx) in order to influence how medications and therapies are prescribed by providers. However, disparities for prescribing medications between adults and children exist. Research has shown that children are not just small adults and there […]

Project Baby Bear: Rapid precision care incorporating rWGS in 5 California children’s hospitals demonstrates improved clinical outcomes and reduced costs of care

Am J Hum Genet. 2021 May 29:S0002-9297(21)00192-0. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2021.05.008. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT Genetic disorders are a leading contributor to mortality in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (ICUs). Rapid whole-genome sequencing (rWGS)-based rapid precision medicine (RPM) is an intervention that has demonstrated improved clinical outcomes and reduced costs of care. However, the feasibility […]

An RCT of Rapid Genomic Sequencing among Seriously Ill Infants Results in High Clinical Utility, Changes in Management, and Low Perceived Harm

Am J Hum Genet. 2020 Nov 5;107(5):942-952. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2020.10.003. ABSTRACT The second Newborn Sequencing in Genomic Medicine and Public Health (NSIGHT2) study was a randomized, controlled trial of rapid whole-genome sequencing (rWGS) or rapid whole-exome sequencing (rWES) in infants with diseases of unknown etiology in intensive care units (ICUs). Gravely ill infants were not randomized […]