Sunday, July 15, 2007

Genetic testing in Newborns

Did you know that most American babies are being tested for genetic disorders? There are 29 genetic conditions that newborns can be tested for and 88 percent were tested last year. This is up from 38 percent two years ago. Certainly when my children were born genetic testing was not even routinely done. Kristin was tested for PKU, but Ian was not. Makes me wonder that if this testing was available for him, whether something would have indicated the problems to come. As some of you may know, we will be heading down to the genetists department at Stanford on the 30th of July. We've been waiting for this appointment for more than 3 months. We are hoping and praying that the genetists will be able to help Ian and explain some of these puzzling problems.

Check out the MSN article Genetic testing for newborns. I think you will find it interesting.

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