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Minnesota governor signs bill on newborn blood screening, retention of test samples

from St. Paul Pioneer Press

Parents of babies who are tested through Minnesota's newborn screening program will have the option of letting public health officials retain the infant's blood sample and test results for up to 18 years. The law fills a gap created by a state Supreme Court ruling last year that found the health department's previous practice of simply retaining the samples and test results indefinitely should stop because parents had not given informed consent for such uses. more


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