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New Power Of Personalized Medicine For Baby Described At March Of Dimes Luncheon
Date:12/11/2013

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ability to analyze a hospitalized newborn's genome within hours rather than weeks is helping doctors diagnose babies' illnesses and provide treatment that is individualized to an infant's specific genetic makeup and metabolism.

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Two experts in the field of genomics will discuss personalized medicine for newborns at a luncheon today for reporters sponsored by the March of Dimes. They will explain how personalized medicine can and is being used in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and its potential to change how newborns are treated.

Dr. Stephen Kingsmore, director of the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, will discuss his research that allows for inexpensive, targeted genome sequencing for babies to be completed in hours, compared to the weeks it previously took. His findings helps end parents' medical odyssey for a diagnosis, and guides treatment decisions. Dr. Bruce Carleton, professor in the University of British Columbia's pediatrics department and director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Programme at British Columbia's Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, will present his research on how targeted genome sequencing can be used to prevent bad or unwanted reactions to medications by identifying sequence variations that predispose the individual to these outcomes.

The Human Genome Project, which in 2003 identified nearly all of the genes in human DNA, offered the promise of personalized genomic medicine. Genome sequencing – decoding and providing a detailed description of the order of the nucleotides (chemical bu
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