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Genetics and Public Health in the 21st CenturyUsing Genetic Information to Improve Health and Prevent Disease$
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Muin J. Khoury, Wylie Burke, and Elizabeth Thomson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128307.001.0001

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Lessons learned from newborn screening for phenylketonuria

Lessons learned from newborn screening for phenylketonuria

(p.385) 20 Lessons learned from newborn screening for phenylketonuria
Genetics and Public Health in the 21st Century

Kenneth A. Pass

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the lessons learned from newborn screening for phenylketonuria (PKU) in the U.S. Newborn screening is, conceptually, a simple public health program with well-defined goals. The implementation of a successful program requires many components outside the testing laboratory, extensive expertise in areas ranging from phlebotomy to genetic counseling, attention to innumerable details, and, above all, dedication by all staff involved. In terms of public health impact, newborn screening touches more lives daily than perhaps any other public health program, and its influence now extends far beyond the perinatal period.

Keywords:   genetic screening, newborn screening, birth defects, public health, health care

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