The Minnesota Department of Health has begun destroying blood samples routinely collected from newborns because of a court decision that prohibits the storage of those samples. The samples are used by the Newborn Screening Program to check for 53 genetic diseases and congenital disabilities. The samples have been stored for medical research…"Newborn screening is an essential component of improving public health in Minnesota, and retained tissue and blood samples are critical to ongoing research and development of new screening tests and treatment programs," Mayo Clinic's Bryan Anderson said. "We will have to further analyze how the decision specifically impacts Mayo Clinic patient care and research."
Post-Bulletin, by Jeff Hansel, 02/01/2012