Thursday, March 22, 2007

Postnatal disease testing

The state of Wisconsin tests all newborns for 27 genetic diseases, at a cost of $69.50. Many of these are quite rare, but dangerous.

Nearly all are incredible mouthfuls. There are ones I'd expect there, like phenylketonuria (see any can of diet pop), cystic fibrosis, and a few I've never heard of, like Dienoyl-CoA Reductase Deficiency, Medium/Short Chain Hydroxyacyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency, Argininosuccinic Acidemia, and Maple Syrup Urine Disease, which may sound cool, but you wouldn't want it.