Some parents, doctors and researchers in Minnesota are calling on state lawmakers to reject amendments in two Senate bills that would lead the Minnesota Department of Health to destroy blood samples taken from newborns during screening for rare medical disorders. Those against the amendments said the move might prevent parents from discovering potential health conditions in their newborn children. The health department currently stores the samples indefinitely for quality control tests or disease research. The amendments would allow parents to give their written consent for storage of their children's blood samples for up to two years.
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