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We Screen Newborns, Don’t We?: Realizing the Promise of Public Health Genomics


Evans, James P.; Berg, Jonathan S.; Olshan, Andrew F.; Magnuson, Terry; & Rimer, Barbara K. (2013). We Screen Newborns, Don't We?: Realizing the Promise of Public Health Genomics. Genetics in Medicine, 15(5), 332-334. PMCID: PMC4789099


Genomics and public health have been uneasy bedfellows for some time. Most efforts to improve population health through genomic approaches have focused on the assessment of risks for common diseases, with the aim of tailoring interventions and screening. However, the improvement of population health through such an approach has remained elusive.2 Now, rapid progress in affordable, robust DNA sequencing offers a promising opportunity. By expanding the field’s focus from common to rare diseases, it may be possible to realize the promise of public health genomics by identifying those millions of individuals who unknowingly carry mutations that confer a dramatic predisposition to preventable diseases.


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Genetics in Medicine


Evans, James P.
Berg, Jonathan S.
Olshan, Andrew F.
Magnuson, Terry
Rimer, Barbara K.