Commission rejects mass genetic screening at birthBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7495.808-c (Published 07 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:808
- Clare Dyer, Legal correspondent
Genetic profiling of all newborn babies was rejected last week by the United Kingdom's official genetics watchdog, in a report. Screening could help predict what illnesses babies might develop in later life. After the idea was raised by the government's white paper on genetics in 2003, the Human Genetics Commission set up a joint working group with the NHS's National Screening Committee to look at the arguments for and against profiling at birth.
The NHS was unlikely to be able to afford such a programme within the next 20 years and the evidence base is insufficient …