Doctors Improve Newborn Care With Genetic Testing
Researchers atÂ Children's Mercy Hospitals and ClinicsÂ in Kansas City, Missouri, made this discovery in a study released Monday inÂ TheÂ Lancet Respiratory MedicineÂ and presented at the annual Pediatric Academic Societies AnnualÂ Meeting. They usedÂ STAT-Seq,Â a genetic sequencing technologyÂ developed by the hospital's Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine that delivers results inÂ 50 hours. This speed is crucial to doctors caring for gravely ill infants, allowing them to alter their approach to care when needed. Before this technology, genetic sequencing took weeks or months.Â
Participants in the study were families who were informed of the research and opted in, and who had anÂ infant younger than 4 months with an acute illness of suspected genetic cause. Researchers sequenced genes for both infants and their parents.
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