Genetic Screening To Be Tailored For Amish Newborns In Wisconsin

Source: WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO

By Kate Archer Kent

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are working to expand newborn genetic screening for Wisconsin’s Amish and Old Order Mennonite, collectively known as Plain sect communities.

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Researchers, led by Dr. Christine Seroogy, will pinpoint the unique genetic disorders affecting Plain sect communities in Wisconsin, and then design a low-cost screening to enhance current newborn genetic testing.

The project is being funded by the UW-Madison Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, and will receive $120,000 over the next three years, which began July 1.

Seroogy is a pediatric immunologist and associate professor at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. She has worked with rural clinics over the past six years to try to enhance care for newborns in Amish communities.

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