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Hundreds of Newborn Babies’ Genomes Will Be Analyzed in Studies

Hundreds of newborn babies will have their full DNA sequences analyzed in a five-year, U.S.-funded effort to understand how to use the results in clinical care.

Researchers at four medical centers received funds to look at whether quick studies of babies’ genomes can help explain and treat mysterious diseases and whether genetic analysis can assist doctors caring for healthy children, according to a statement today from the two U.S. agencies funding the $25 million effort, the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.