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Mol Syndromol. 2012 Aug;3(2):59-67. Epub 2012 Jul 25.

Applying Genomic Analysis to Newborn Screening.

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  • 1Medical Genetics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., USA.

Abstract

Large-scale genomic analysis such as whole-exome and whole-genome sequencing is becoming increasingly prevalent in the research arena. Clinically, many potential uses of this technology have been proposed. One such application is the extension or augmentation of newborn screening. In order to explore this application, we examined data from 3 children with normal newborn screens who underwent whole-exome sequencing as part of research participation. We analyzed sequence information for 151 selected genes associated with conditions ascertained by newborn screening. We compared findings with publicly available databases and results from over 500 individuals who underwent whole-exome sequencing at the same facility. Novel variants were confirmed through bidirectional dideoxynucleotide sequencing. High-density microarrays (Illumina Omni1-Quad) were also performed to detect potential copy number variations affecting these genes. We detected an average of 87 genetic variants per individual. After excluding artifacts, 96% of the variants were found to be reported in public databases and have no evidence of pathogenicity. No variants were identified that would predict disease in the tested individuals, which is in accordance with their normal newborn screens. However, we identified 6 previously reported variants and 2 novel variants that, according to published literature, could result in affected offspring if the reproductive partner were also a mutation carrier; other specific molecular findings highlight additional means by which genomic testing could augment newborn screening.

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PMC3473346
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