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Health & wellness

Boston-area team to study DNA sequencing in newborns

By early next year, parents of newborns at two Boston hospitals will have the chance to participate in the first randomized study of the medical and ethical repercussions of sequencing the DNA of babies. The research is part of a major federal effort to finally settle a debate that has raged for years about the possible benefits and harms of finding out such information.

The five-year study, a joint effort of Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was one of four proposals selected for funding, federal health officials announced Wednesday in a press conference. The National Institutes of Health will spend $25 million over five years to support the program, $6 million of which will support the Boston-based study.

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