Will parents take up a DNA test to spot rare diseases? Expert predicts genetic codes of babies could be read by the NHS in as little as five years
- Genomics England chief said baby’s genetic code will be read to identify disease
- Professor Matt Brown said the tests will be offered by the NHS in five years
- The move could bring ethical dilemmas if parents told child carries conditions
All babies’ genetic codes could soon be read to see if they are at higher risk of illnesses.
Rare diseases in children would be much easier to spot, said Professor Matt Brown, Chief Scientific Officer of Genomics England.
He predicted all parents would be given the chance to have their baby’s genetic code read by the NHS in as little as five years.