In nearly all states, screening newborn babies for genetic diseases is mandatory. The tests allow parents to intervene early if their child has one of nearly 30 chronic illnesses, and, sometimes, the interventions can be life saving.
The stork has been awfully busy lately. It seems as though everyone I know is having a baby. A couple I haven't heard from in months sent a postcard with a picture of what I thought was a Sharpei puppy -- it turns out the little boy's name is Jesse. I didn't even know they were expecting.