College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Grant for Newborn Genetic Screening

September 6, 2013

Computational Biologist Steven Brenner will be part of an ambitious effort to assess whether large-scale gene sequencing aimed at detecting disorders and conditions can and should become a routine part of newborn testing.

Brenner, a professor in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley, is part of a UC San Francisco team granted $6 million by the National Institutes of Health to identify the accuracy and feasibility of providing genetic sequencing as part of, or instead of, the current newborn screening that relies on biochemical changes in the blood. It also will assess what additional information would be useful to have at birth and the ethics and public interest in having such tests performed.

"Genome sequencing has the potential to reduce costs and improve the effectiveness of newborn screening," Brenner said, allowing early intervention for infants and fundamental changes in the tehcnology for screening newborns.

Read the full story on the Plant & Microbial Biology website.


CNR Calendar

Monthly Archives

Recent Posts

Grant for Newborn Genetic Screening
What Can We Learn From the Rim Fire?
Professor Arnold Schulz Dies at 92
The Libyan Spring’s Environmentalists
Berkeley front and center in "alternative" food prize nominations
CNR fire experts on KQED Forum
Gilless Reappointed CNR Dean
ESPM Team Wins First Place at Big Ideas@Berkeley, Improving Student Life Category
CRS Grad Wins Stronach Research Prize
UC researchers are engineering the tobacco plant to produce biofuels


Subscribe to this blog's feed