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Genome sequencing at birth: sophisticated care or ethical nightmare?

UK secretary of state for health and social care Matt Hancock plans for the NHS to start offering genome sequencing at birth alongside routine health checks. Genomics England is running the programme in a pilot form in 2020, and it could be widely available in as few as three years. Could this be the next frontier in modern medicine, or is it a huge breach of personal privacy? Writers Chloe Kent and Chris Lo present the cases for and against.


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