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“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.”

Terry Magnuson in lab
Terry Magnuson

Jim Evans, Jonathan Berg, and Terry Magnuson are authors, along with Andy Olshan and Barbara Rimer in the School of Public Health, of a Commentary called, “We screen newborns, don’t we: realizing the promise of public health genomics,” which has been published online ahead of print in Genetics in Medicine. They argue that the time has come to begin serious discussions about the possibility of screening adults for genetic conditions that are preventable if identified early. Their article has been highlighted in Science Daily.