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UC Davis Children’s Hospital joins genome sequencing pilot program
Sacramento Business Journal

UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the latest hospital in the state to join a pilot program aimed at genetic testing for critically ill newborns.

The project, dubbed “Project Baby Bear,” is part of a $2 million program through Medi-Cal, California’s health insurance program for low-income residents.

Infants under 1 year of age who are hospitalized and suspected of having a genetic or genomic disorder — such as heart defects or immunodeficiencies — will be eligible for the program. The program offers a “rapid” whole genome sequencing test to help find underlying genetic causes that might be comprising a newborn’s health.