The WSLH Newborn Screening Laboratory received a New Disorders Implementation Award from the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).
The award provides funding for the WSLH to become a Peer Network Resource Center and to develop next-generation sequencing 2nd tier testing to find underlying genetic causes for three disorders – Pompe, Mucopolysaccharidosis 1 (MPS-1) and X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD).
As a Peer Network Resource Center, led by Dr. Mei Baker, the scientists at the Newborn Screening Laboratory and the UW Biotechnology Center will serve as content area experts and offer newborn screening, educational training, and/or technical assistance to other newborn screening programs. Wisconsin is one of only three state newborn screening programs to be funded as a Peer Network Resource Center.
Once validated, the 2nd tier next generation sequencing analysis that the WSLH and UW Biotechnology Center are developing will be offered to states that have already implemented 1st tier newborn screening testing for these disorders.
APHL news release – http://www.marketwired.com/printer_friendly?id=2193375
Originally posted at http://www.slh.wisc.edu/wslh-science-news-round-up/ and used with permission.