By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genetic Alliance has launched an online resource that will provide a range of information on newborn screening tests that it developed with several partnering organizations at the behest of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The web resource, Baby's First Test, was designed to increase awareness of newborn screening and to serve as an information hub for parents, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders.

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