What should be the criteria for making a disease suitable for newborn screening?
Describe the testing and treatment of phenylketonuria and galactosemia.
The question of criteria is an ethical question and subject to interpretation and opinion. The questions could be this: Why have newborn screening in the first place? What is its purpose? What is the end of the newborn screening? Is it to terminate the life of the developing child or to prepare to treat it effectively with diet, etc. upon its birth? I think that's the real issue.
Personally, we need to focus on genetic disorders that are life threatening if untreated and unrecognized. In my belief, life is sacred and should be preserved, protected, and upheld as much as possible.
Clearly, a "suitable" disease would be one which is easily screened, and very life threatening. There would be little objection to ...