Genetic Screening of Every Child

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Scientists at the recently opened New York Genome Center eventually want to screen every child in New York State. But if doctors found that your child had a genetic disorder, would you want to know? 

On this week's New Tech City, Emma Gilbey Keller, contributing writer at the Guardian, reports on her tour of the Center. It is a collaboration between 12 hospitals and medical research facilities in the New York metro area, built on the idea that genomic sequencing is crucial to medicine and healthcare in the 21st century.

She tells New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi how genome center can analyze DNA in just 27 hours, a process that could have taken years not that long ago. 

Since the genome is so data-rich, the power of sequencing comes from comparing one genome to another. And Keller says the center is racing to get more genetic material so doctors and researchers can detect and develop treatments for genetic diseases that can cause breast cancer or Alzheimer's.

Hosted by:

Manoush Zomorodi

Produced by:

Alex Goldmark, Cambra Moniz-Edwards and Daniel P. Tucker


Charlie Herman


Emma Gilbey Keller

Comments [2]

Karen Sonet-Rosenthal

Your report mentioned that someone at NY Genome Center advocated testing babies and young people for breast cancer genes because environmental factors could be taken into account to better someone's outcome. Did he mention what some of those environmental factors are? I would be interested to know....

Oct. 03 2013 02:30 PM
Jennifer Pines

Yes- and we already have. Our children are internationally adopted and have no family history. DNA testing has given them an assessment of their medical risks.

Oct. 02 2013 02:24 PM

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