Storing Infant Blood Violates Privacy: Minn. Top Court

Law360, New York (November 17, 2011, 5:27 PM EST) -- The Minnesota Department of Health can't store infants' blood samples for medical research without parental consent, the state's high court ruled Wednesday, finding Minnesota had violated its Genetic Privacy Act.

Minnesota law allows it to take newborns' blood to test for congenital and genetic disorders, but the state's Genetic Privacy Act bars the state from keeping the samples for other purposes, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled.

“Use of genetic information for purposes other than the screening of newborn children [for genetic disorders] and for follow-up services...
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