WISH-TV, Indianapolis: A new screening for newborns could expand the number of genetic diseases infants are tested for before they leave the hospital. The project is called BeginNGS, with the NGS standing for Newborn Genomic Sequencing.
RARE DISEASE REPORT: Catherine Nester, RN, and Dr. Stephen Kingsmore, discuss the pivotal role of newborn screening in diagnosing rare diseases along with the impact that BeginNGS can have on the future of rare disease medicine.
GENOMEWEB: [Newborn sequencing] research studies around the world are starting to get off the ground, ranging in size from 1,000 to more than 100,000 infants. At the inaugural International Conference on Newborn Sequencing (ICoNS) in Boston last week, eight of these endeavors — based in the US, Europe, and Australia — provided outlines of their plans and goals.
USA TODAY: Every baby born in the United States is pricked in the heel shortly after birth. A blood sample is then analyzed to look for one of 20 to 30 inherited diseases. Now, doctors want to go even further: They want to look not just at blood, but at genes.
BECKER'S HOSPITAL REVIEW: San Diego-based Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine has partnered with healthcare data company PlumeCare RWE to create a pilot program that will screen newborns for 400 genetic diseases.
Global Genes spoke to the co-founder of Inozyme about ENPP1 deficiency, its lead experimental therapy to treat the condition, and its work with Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine to improve the diagnosis of newborns.
GENOMEWEB: In a paper published this week in the American Journal of Human Genetics, collaborators led by the Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) formally spelled out plans to improve detection and treatment of rare hereditary pediatric diseases through rapid whole-genome sequencing (rWGS).