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Good medicine or TMI? What happens if you screen all of a baby's genes?
Newborns are routinely screened at birth for around 30 disorders, using blood from a heel prick test. A whole genome screening would cover not only known genetic defects but the entire DNA map.
The U.S. government is funding an ambitious set of studies into what happens if you screen the entire genome of newborns. The goal is to find out whether such testing brings better health care or unwanted information overload.
Do parents even want to know what fate might await their babies? Can doctors find out anything useful medically? Do you get information that freaks you out? All over the country, thousands of newborns will be enrolled in this experiment, the National Institutes of Health announced on Wednesday.
but why oh Can you see the Obama care coming
A whole genome screening would cover not only known genetic defects but the entire DNA map.
Lets say this becomes the norm, will you get the test and have your child or self reprogrammed by DNA RNA injections?
“We really want to take advantage of this window of opportunity to answer key questions about the technical, ethical, social implications while we have a chance to do it,” Green added. “If it turns out this is something that is worth doing, we would answer questions about how to make it most effective.”
reply to post by ShadeWolf
Your mileage varies from mine as I see this as another step towards a Brave New World, and that scares me. This is not the only thing that scares me, it's just one in a long line of new tech that could be used nefariously. We can only hope that mankind will use it for good but our track record as a species ain't that great.