Parental consent key in research involving newborns' blood

07/16/2009 | Detroit News, The

Three out of four parents will agree to let researchers use their newborns' blood to study diseases if their permission is sought, a University of Michigan study found. The study comes at a time when Michigan is working to establish a neonatal biobank in Detroit that will store 4 million blood spots collected over the past 25 years. The state is developing a parents' consent form for the use of newborns' blood in disease research.

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