Decoding your baby’s DNA: It can be done. But should it be?


Maverick Coltrin was diagnosed with pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy shortly after he was born. He now gets checkups to make sure his seizures are under control and that he’s still healthy. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Maverick Coltrin entered the world a seemingly healthy 8-pound boy. But within a week, he was having seizures that doctors could neither explain nor control. They warned that he would probably die within a few months.

“I remember my world just came crashing down,” said his mother, Kara Coltrin, 24.

Continue reading… “Decoding your baby’s DNA: It can be done. But should it be?”

Software can analyze human genome in 90 minutes

DNA sequence at the Science Museum in London

Developed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio a new software,  which its creators claim puts it ahead of the pack as the fastest genome analysis software around, can take raw sequence data on a person’s genome and search it for disease-causing variations in a matter of hours. Continue reading… “Software can analyze human genome in 90 minutes”

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