Should all babies have their genome sequenced at birth?

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Genomics England, a government owned company, recently announced a pilot program of whole genome sequencing to screen for genetic diseases in 200,000 healthy seeming newborns.

But should every newborn baby have their whole genome sequenced? Experts debate the issue in The BMJ today.

Extensive clinical evidence has shown that screening for genetic diseases saves lives, and research has shown that it can be cost effective, say Leslie Biesecker and colleagues at the US National Human Genome Research Institute.

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