There are tests that can screen newborn babies for dozens of genetic disorders. The goal is to diagnose the diseases early and increase chances of successful treatment.
Minnesota already screens for 54 genetic disorders--the entire panel recommended by the American College of Medical Genetics. However there are diseases not included in the screening.
In this week's Medical Edge, the Mayo Clinic shared the story of a family who lost a little girl to a genetic disease and is now working to expand newborn testing programs.
KSTP by Becky Nahm, 09/28/09