Minnesota offers new controls on newborn blood tests

The Minnesota Department of Health announced new measures Friday designed to address concerns that a program of blood screening for Minnesota newborns could violate patient and family privacy rights.

In a key step, the department will propose legislation this year giving it the right to keep infants’ blood samples for two years, as part of a state database on disease treatment and prevention, then destroy the samples unless parents give consent for continued storage.

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