Minnesota bills would restrict newborn blood screening program

04/13/2011 | Minnesota Public Radio

Some parents, doctors and researchers in Minnesota are calling on state lawmakers to reject amendments in two Senate bills that would require the Minnesota Department of Health to destroy blood samples taken from newborns during screening for rare medical disorders, rather than storing the samples for quality control tests or disease research. Supporters say the amendments guarantee the privacy of genetic information, but some experts say the restrictions could compromise the state's ability to conduct newborn screening.

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