Ruling restricts newborn blood use

Posted on November 17th, 2011 by

In a victory for privacy advocates, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state health program that screens newborns for potential illnesses can't store the blood samples for additional public health research without parental consent…The Mayo Clinic has been a partner of the state's Newborn Screening Program, and at least one official there said Wednesday's ruling has the potential to undermine public health and the well-being of Minnesota children. "This is not some sort of dirty research,'' said Dr. Piero Rinaldo, co-director of Mayo's Biochemical Genetics Laboratory in Rochester. "This is public health at its best. What is wrong with that?''

Star Tribune, Tony Kennedy, 11/17/11

Additional coverage: ModernHealthcare

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