New­borns, Em­bryos Data­bases To Es­tab­lish

The pro­ject will carry out ge­netic test­ing on 100,000 new­born ba­bies over the com­ing five years.

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Agenome pro­ject for new­born ba­bies was launched in Shang­hai on Sun­day, to aid the early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and treat­ment of hered­i­tary dis­eases.

Jointly ini­ti­ated by Chinese Board of Ge­netic Coun­sel­ing and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Fu­dan Univer­sity in Shang­hai, the pro­ject will carry out ge­netic test­ing on 100,000 new­born ba­bies over the com­ing five years.

The find­ings will be gath­ered in a data­base and a ge­netic test­ing stan­dard for hered­i­tary dis­eases will be de­vel­oped, which will im­prove the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and treat­ment of in­her­ited dis­eases.

Huang Guoy­ing, pres­i­dent of the hos­pi­tal, said early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion can help doc­tors make bet­ter treat­ment strate­gies and im­prove the pa­tients’ qual­ity of life. An em­bryo genome data­base will im­prove re­search and un­der­stand­ing of the de­vel­op­ment of em­bryos and im­prove di­ag­nos­tic rates. He Lin, with the Chinese Board of Ge­netic Coun­sel­ing, said there are some 7000 known in­her­ited dis­eases and China sees about 900,000 ba­bies born with birth de­fects ev­ery year.

An em­bryo genome data­base will im­prove re­search and un­der­stand­ing of the de­vel­op­ment of em­bryos and im­prove di­ag­nos­tic rates. There are some 7,000 known in­her­ited dis­eases and China sees about 900,000 ba­bies born with birth de­fects ev­ery year.

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