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Last Posted: Sep 29, 2022
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Diverse Parental Perspectives of the Social and Educational Needs for Expanding Newborn Screening through Genomic Sequencing
GT Timmins et al, Public Health Genomics, September 2022

We conducted a semi-structured interview study with English and Spanish speaking mothers who had given birth within the USA in the past 5 years. The interviews explored opinions of expanding NBS, ethical and privacy concerns, and educational and social needs. All participants were interested in some degree of NBS expansion. However, there were differing opinions about the characteristics of conditions that should be included with less consensus for conditions with low penetrance, those without approved treatment, or onset outside of early childhood.

dbRUSP: An Interactive Database to Investigate Inborn Metabolic Differences for Improved Genetic Disease Screening
J Peng et al, IJNS, August 29, 2022

Here, we developed a database and web-based tools (dbRUSP) for the analysis of 41 NBS metabolites and six variables for a cohort of 500,539 screen-negative newborns reported by the California NBS program. The interactive database contains separate modules to study the influence of single variables and joint effects of multiple variables on metabolite levels. Users can input an individual’s variables to obtain metabolite level reference ranges and utilize dbRUSP to select new candidate markers for the detection of metabolic conditions.

A genome sequencing system for universal newborn screening, diagnosis, and precision medicine for severe genetic diseases.
Kingsmore Stephen F et al. American journal of human genetics 2022 8

Rapid whole-genome sequencing (rWGS) is attractive for comprehensive NBS because it concomitantly examines almost all genetic diseases and is gaining acceptance for genetic disease diagnosis in ill newborns. We describe prototypic methods for scalable, parentally consented, feedback-informed NBS and diagnosis of genetic diseases by rWGS and virtual, acute management guidance (NBS-rWGS). Using established criteria and the Delphi method, we reviewed 457 genetic diseases for NBS-rWGS, retaining 388 (85%) with effective treatments.

From Guthrie to Genomes: The Continued Evolution of Newborn Screening
A Gaviglio et al, CDC Blog Post, August 15, 2022 Brand

Two recent articles discuss the future of newborn screening and identified considerations and needs for the evolution of the newborn screening system as it tries to meet the growing demands to screen for more rare diseases and incorporate genomic technologies. As newborn screening (NBS) moves past 60 years of existence, there is great interest in how this successful public health program will continue to progress. Our understanding of the over 7000 known rare diseases has grown and the potential for use of genomic technologies at the population level has become more feasible leading to a heightened call for a newborn screening evolution.

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