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Newborn screening: A spot of trouble

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By raising hell about newborn blood-spot screening, Twila Brase could jeopardize public-health programmes and derail research. The problem is, she has a point.

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Mary Carmichael is a freelance writer in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Carmichael, M. Newborn screening: A spot of trouble. Nature 475, 156–158 (2011).

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