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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Between rapid diagnoses of critically ill infants and unwieldy general population screening tests, four National Institutes of Health-funded projects are illustrating both the promise and challenges of sequencing the genomes of newborns.

At Cambridge Healthtech Institute's Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference in San Francisco last month, researchers from the four Newborn Sequencing in Genomic Medicine and Public Health (NISGHT) study sites described progress their institutions have made, challenges, and future plans.

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Bioethicists disagree with a research team's decision to allow the return of risk results for adult-onset conditions from a newborn sequencing project, according to Reuters.

Alterations to particular gene may enable the Quechua of Peru to better tolerate high-altitude life, Ars Technica reports.

Nature News reports that additional South Korean researchers have included the names of children on scientific papers when they did not contribute to the work.

In PLOS this week: statistical approach to prioritize rare variant searches, gene expression alterations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more.