Senin, 23 Februari 2009

Genetic Screening Tests

What a difference a decade makes. Back in 2000, most U.S. states screened newborn infants for just four genetic disorders. Today, all 50 states screen for at least 21 of the 29 serious genetic or functional disorders that the American College of Medical Genetics recommends for testing. The list includes cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, hypothyroidism, phenylketonuria, and a host of other conditions so rare you’ve never heard of them.

A list of the screening programs and tests provided by all 50 states can be found on the National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center website. For information about the recommended tests, go to the March of Dimes website.

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