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CRISPR’s ability to deliver the right gene to the right spot, at a relatively low cost, has scientists excited about its potential.


Excavation of the St. Mary Magdalen leprosarium in Winchester, UK, with in situ skeletons.
[Courtesy of University of Winchester]

New whole-genome sequencing technology can diagnose genetic disorders in newborn babies in intensive care units in just a few days, according a new study appearing in the 3 October issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine.

The technique’s main revolutionary feature is speed—a 50-hour turnaround time for genetic results compared to the few weeks needed using current methods. The genetic test could potentially shorten the time it takes to get a diagnosis, jumpstart any available treatments, and lessen the time to genetic counseling for anxious parents.