Minn. newborn screening bill gains Senate approval

04/25/2014 | GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration)

The Minnesota Senate voted 41-22 in favor of a bill that would allow the state's Department of Health to store newborn blood samples indefinitely for research unless parents decided to opt out. The legislation would restore a policy overturned in 2011 that resulted in the destruction of blood spots for 1 million children. "The ability to access and reference newborn blood spots is critical in cases of missed or delayed diagnoses and helpful in cases of unexplained death," said Dr. Robert Jacobson, president of the state's chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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