Full-genome screening for newborn babies is now on the cards

The Economist |
May 2022
Press

“Doctors in many places want to sequence and screen babies’ entire genomes at birth. In America there are projects to do just that at Boston Children’s Hospital, Columbia University and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. A pioneering group at Harvard, known as BabySeq, has recently received money to expand its small-scale work to include … Continued

Baby’s first genome

Nature Biotechnology |
April 2022
Press

“Whole-genome sequencing may be the fastest way to diagnose rare complex diseases, but should it be incorporated into healthy newborn screening?” “We are missing the opportunity to address an increasing number of treatable conditions,” says G2P Dr. Robert Green.  

Their DNA hides a warning, but they don’t want to know what it says

The New York Times |
January 2022
Press

The MGB Biobank returned actionable genetics results to 256 participants, 76.3 percent of whom were unaware that they carried a variant that put them at increased risk. The New York Times reports on this return of results process, outlining that some participants wanted to learn this information and others did not.

The UK’s plan to sequence the genomes of 200,000 newborn babies

Geographical |
November 2021
Press

“Genomics England are poised to a launch a pilot project which will see the genomes of newborn babies sequenced on their very first day of life…In the USA, under a pilot project called BabySeq, a team co-led by Robert Green from Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that across 1,500 genes in 127 healthy and 32 … Continued

Genomic screening of healthy newborns gets more popular

WebMD |
December 2021
Press

“Even before their baby is born, parents face some tough questions: Home birth or hospital? Cloth or disposable diapers? Breast, bottle, or both? But advances in genetic sequencing technology mean that parents will soon face yet another choice: whether to sequence their newborn’s DNA for an overview of the baby’s entire genome.”

Internship program opens the door into the world of genetic counseling and research

Brigham Clinical and Research News |
October 2021
G2P News, Press

This year, Erin Drake, MA, director of operations for G2P, and Tala Berro, MS, CGC, a genetic counselor and project manager, helped launch the G2P BIPOC internship program in recognition of the importance of diversity not only in clinical trials but also in research teams. Research trainees Soha Mohammed, Kopika Kuhathaas and Shardae Williams share … Continued

Diverse Boston neighborhoods recruited for sweeping study of genetics and health outcomes

GBH News |
September 2021
Press, Radio

“Medical researchers in Boston are helping sign up one million volunteers for a first-of-its-kind study [The All of Us Research Program] examining the link between genes and our health. Researchers are actively recruiting volunteers of different races and ethnicities to ensure that the study reflects the diversity of the United States.”

Sequencing every newborn’s genome to detect diseases faces ethical and practical obstacles, but the United Kingdom is pushing ahead with a major test

Science |
September 2021
Press

Genomic testing for Baby Cora, a participant of The BabySeq Project, revealed a disorder that might otherwise have gone undetected through traditional newborn screening. “Cora’s case illustrates the promise of sequencing the entire genomes of newborns: uncovering a bounty of genetic information that could identify infants needing treatment and improve health later in life…Genomics England … Continued

Study finds genomic sequencing of healthy newborns does not disrupt family dynamics

EurekAlert! |
August 2021
Press, Press Release

“We have now shown that this information can be medically beneficial through early intervention and is not disruptive to the parent-infant relationship, and our ongoing analysis is measuring economic effects of genome sequencing. This type of research is critical to determine best practices for preventive genomic healthcare throughout the lifespan.” – Robert Green

Green receives NIH research grant for BabySeq2

Brigham Publications: Awards, Honors & Grants |
August 2021
Press

“Robert Green, MD, MPH, of the Division of Genetics, received a research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund The BabySeq Project: Phase II, also known as BabySeq2, the continuation of a project to study genome sequencing in newborns.”

Zara revisits iconic Peter Lindbergh photographs in a surprise collection

Vogue |
July 2021
Press

ZARA launches its first tribute collection, featuring iconic photographs by legendary image maker Peter Lindbergh. 100% of proceeds from this limited edition series curated by Fabien Baron will be donated to The Franca Sozzani Fund for Preventive Genomics, supporting the Global BabySeq Project in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Combining science and service as a VA genetic counselor

VAntage Point |
March 2021
Press

“In 2019, [G2V’s] Morgan Danowski graduated and joined Boston VA. There, she supports VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP), now the world’s largest genomics research program. The program takes DNA from participating Veterans and information on their health, lifestyle and military experiences and exposures to better understand disease in Veteran populations. With over 830,000 Veterans enrolled, … Continued

I’m 28 and I don’t know my family history – here’s how that affects my health

Well + Good |
February 2021
Press

28 year old Mercey Livingston shares about what it means to be adopted and not know important information related to family health history and genetic health. Livingston quotes G2P’s director, Dr. Robert Green, explaining the differences between direct to consumer testing and comprehensive testing options, as well as the value of working with a genetics … Continued

What experts think of 23andMe’s COVID-19 risk calculator

Healthline |
February 2021
Press

In this article, Dr. Robert C. Green weighs in on 23andMe’s new interactive tool called the COVID-19 Severity Calculator. Right now the COVID-19 Severity Calculator only includes nongenetic risk factors for hospitalization from COVID-19. Dr. Green suspects that as more insights on genetic risk factors become available, 23andMe might begin incorporating genetic data into their … Continued

Franca Sozzani has inspired a scientific fund – And now a website

Vogue |
December 2020
Press

“Last year Sozzani’s son, the photographer and filmmaker Francesco Carrozzini, established the Franca Sozzani Fund for Preventive Genomics at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital with artist and investor D.A. Wallach and Genomes2People director Dr. Robert C. Green. Today marks the launch of thefrancafund.org. Its purpose is straightforward: to explain the fund’s mission, provide resources … Continued

Preventive genomics clinics: The future of precision medicine?

The Pathologist |
December 2020
Press

“Personal genetic testing is here to stay – so Bethany Zettler and Renée Pelletier recommend preventive genomics clinics as a way to offer the testing patients want without bypassing the guidance they need to fully understand their results.”

DNA: The next vital sign

Brigham Health |
October 2020
Press

Brigham genomics clinic makes medicine personal—and preventive.

Is aging a disease you can reverse? A look at the science behind the longevity movement

Vogue |
September 2020
Press

“Aging can be considered a disease—one that can be targeted, treated, and perhaps even reversed…The new Preventive Genomics Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is the first academic clinic in the country to offer comprehensive DNA sequencing and interpretation of nearly 6,000 disease-associated genes.”    

Genomic sequencing to screen newborns raises more false alarms than routine blood tests

STAT |
August 2020
Press

In this study led by UCSF researchers, exome sequencing was found to produce more false positives and false negatives for inherited metabolic disorders than the standard blood testing conducted in newborns. G2P’s Dr. Robert Green, co-leader of the BabySeq Project, speaks to the possibility “that the most comprehensive screening for newborns will be some combination … Continued

Hospital records hold valuable Covid-19 data. Making it usable is time-consuming work

STAT |
May 2020
Press

To help scientists around the globe study Covid-19, researchers in Boston have shared genetic and other clinical data from thousands of patients with an international consortium. That data includes information from dozens of people with Covid-19, who had donated blood samples and opened up their medical records before the pandemic.

Geneticist says DNA testing should be part of everyday healthcare

CNBC |
May 2020
Press, Video

Dr. Robert Green is the director of the Preventive Genomics Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He believes that DNA testing combined with proper counseling and medical follow-up would be a critical element of a healthcare system that can prevent illness.

Coronavirus: Genes may explain why some face greater danger than others

Fox News |
April 2020
Press

“While healthy young people as a group are less likely to have severe symptoms with COVID, they have to understand that some of them will become very ill and will even die from this infection,” Dr. Robert Green said. “No one should assume youth makes them invulnerable.”

Of Known Significance

Clinical Omics |
March 2020
Press

An exclusive Clinical OMICs conversation with the director of Genomes2People, Robert Green, M.D., MPH

All in for All of Us

Brigham Clinical and Research News |
March 2020
Press

Through national research efforts like the All of Us Research Program, Brigham investigators and their collaborators are making genomic research more meaningful, equitable and impactful for all patients at the Brigham and around the world.