Baby genome sequencing is now for sale in China

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Boston-based DNA sequencing company is offering to decode the complete genomes of newborns in China leading some to ask how much parents should know about their childrens genes at birthVeritas Genetics says the test ordered by a doctor will report back on 950 serious early- and later-life disease risks 200 genes connected to drug reactions and more than 100 physical traits a child is likely to haveCalled myBabyGenome the service costs 1500 and could help identify serious hidden problems in newborns the company saysBut some doctors say the plan is a huge overstep I think its vastly premature to peddle a completely unproven set of data especially to a vulnerable population like neonates says Jim Evans a professor of genetics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

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