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Saving Babies?: The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening

Stefan Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder

Abstract

It has been close to six decades since Watson and Crick discovered the structure of DNA and more than ten years since the human genome was decoded. Today, through the collection and analysis of a small blood sample, every baby born in the United States is screened for more than fifty genetic disorders. Though the early detection of these abnormalities can potentially save lives, the test also has a high percentage of false positives—inaccurate results that can take a brutal emotional toll on parents before they are corrected. Now some doctors are questioning whether the benefits of these scree ... More

Keywords: Watson and Crick, DNA, human genome, blood sample, genetic disorders, abnormalities, false positives, inaccurate results, newborn screening, American medical care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226924977
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226924991.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Timmermans, author

Mara Buchbinder, author