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It takes an average of 8 years for a rare disease patient to get diagnosed. Why is it so hard to get life-altering genetic testing in the U.S.?


Fortune: No one wants to find themselves sick or in need of a medical diagnosis. But there are those out there who already are—and are desperately seeking answers.

February 28, 2023


Dr. Stephen Kingsmore on Scaling Whole-Genome Sequencing for Uncovering Genetic Defects in Infants

Precision Medicine Podcast

PRECISION MEDICINE PODCAST: Dr. Kingsmore joins the Precision Medicine Podcast to discuss the extraordinary role whole-genome sequencing is playing in prolonging and improving the life of critically ill newborns.

March 29, 2022


Genomics and Precision Medicine 2021: Progress in Implementation, A Focus on Health Equity, and a New Public Health Initiative

CDC Genomics and Precision Health Blog

In 2021, the Genomic Medicine Working Group of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research of NHGRI identified its ten most significant peer-reviewed studies for 2021.

December 17, 2021

2021 Year in Review: Whole-genome sequencing of critically ill babies proves its worth

Clinical OMICs

While it is safe to say that RCIGM has sufficiently proven its ability to identify the genetic variants driving many of these life-threatening rare conditions, it is now on a mission to bring its method of diagnosing sick babies to health systems across the country.

December 3, 2021

New Form of Genetic Testing for Infants Earns Medicaid Coverage in Michigan

Precision Medicine Institute E-briefings

In its daily e-briefing for December 2, 2021, the Precision Medicine Institute reviewed the availability of Medicaid coverage for rWGS in Michigan, and the various state projects spearheaded by RCIGM that helped set the stage for Medicaid coverage. 

December 2, 2021

Rapid Genome Sequencing Can Save Babies With Rare Diseases, If They Can Get It


Undiagnosed genetic diseases take a serious physical and emotional toll on families. Rapid genome sequencing can provide answers and guide treatment decisions, but so far, insurance companies have been reluctant to pay. That’s beginning to change.

March 31, 2021


Saving Baby Nathan

Clinical OMICs

California Medicaid’s pilot program Project Baby Bear delivers better outcomes at lower cost via rapid whole-genome sequencing of critically ill newborns

September 28, 2020

Rady Children’s Helps California’s Project Baby Bear Improve Outcomes, Save $2.5M

Clinical OMICs

Rady Children’s, Project Baby Bear provided diagnoses for 76 babies (43%) of those tested with rWGS. The testing led to a change in the management of 55 babies (31%) that resulted in fewer hospital days, fewer procedures or new therapies.

June 19, 2020

Rady Children’s Hospital reports double win, saving babies and cash

San Diego Union-Tribune

A pilot project aimed at extending rapid DNA-based diagnosis to infants with severe, but unexplained symptoms found answers for 76 different families across five California hospitals, according to a new report to be released by Rady Children’s Hospital today.

June 18, 2020


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