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Archived blood spots could be epigenetic jackpot

Archived blood spots could be epigenetic jackpot | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

Most babies born in developed countries share a common painful experience — a heel prick that is done soon after birth. Blood from this is deposited onto a slip of paper, called a Guthrie card, which doctors use to screen for devastating and sometimes fatal diseases.

 

A study published today in Genome Research suggests that these cards, which are sometimes stored for decades, could provide an early snapshot of how conditions in the womb affected an individual’s epigenome, the chemical changes that influence gene expression and are likely to have a role in heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other diseases.

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A Wealth Of Information About Epigenetics And Disease Could Be Provided By Archived Guthrie Cards

A Wealth Of Information About Epigenetics And Disease Could Be Provided By Archived Guthrie Cards | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Over the last 50 years, the spotting of newborn's blood onto filter paper for disease screening, called Guthrie cards, has become so routine that since 2000, more than 90% of newborns in the Unite...
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