Baby Love Motivates Quest for Knowledge

June 1, 2015
Baby Love Motivates Quest for Knowledge
Families can be started in both traditional and nontraditional ways; preconception carrier screening provides the information needed for prospective parents to figure out their preferred direction before conception. [iStock/alynst]

MaryAnn Labant

Earlier this year, the Obama Administration launched the Precision Medicine Initiative with a $215 million investment in the President’s 2016 Budget. Heralded as a bold new research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease, the Precision Medicine Initiative is intended to pioneer a new model of patient-powered research to accelerate biomedical discoveries and provide clinicians with new tools, knowledge, and therapies.

Supporting the concept of precision medicine, preconception carrier screening predicts the chances of having a child with specific genetic disorders while diagnostic testing determines the cause of pediatric-onset and other genetic disorders.

Families can be started in both traditional and nontraditional ways; preconception carrier screening provides the information needed for prospective parents to figure out their preferred direction before conception. Counsyl provides screening for diseases where advanced knowledge makes a difference in health outcomes, whether it is changing a behavior, pursuing preventive measures, or simply preparing for what lies ahead.

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