SMA Added to North Carolina’s Newborn Screening Program

SMA Added to North Carolina’s Newborn Screening Program

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SMA Added to North Carolina’s Newborn Screening Program

As of this May, all babies born in North Carolina are now being tested at birth for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Newborn screening involves genetic testing of infants immediately after birth for mutations that are known causes of diseases like SMA — the most common cause of mortality in children linked to a genetic mutation. Getting such early results can allow babies to start treatment before they develop any symptoms of a genetic disease. Broadly,…

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