Genetic testing: SMA added to newborn heel prick in ‘profound’ change in medical screening

Genetic testing: SMA added to newborn heel prick in ‘profound’ change in medical screening

Posted October 14, 2018 06:15:40 Photo: Lauren holds two-day-old Levendi as midwife Lindsey conducts a heel prick test to screen for a range of conditions. (ABC News: Emily Clark) In an Australian first, newborn babies are now being routinely screened for the genetic condition SMA, or spinal muscular atrophy, and …