UK: Mum’s baby DNA shock

A shocked mum said she should have been told her baby’s DNA will be kept on a database for life.

Ana Humberstone, 36, claims she was unaware the DNA of her two-year-old daughter Jasmine would be stored with thousands of other babies from Wakefield on NHS records in Leeds.


Parents and civil liberties groups have called for a review of neonatal procedures after learning that the permanent storage of blood samples dates back to 1994.

The samples, which can be accessed by the police in some circumstances, are taken from heel-prick tests used to screen newborns for health problems like cystic fibrosis.

Read more in the Wakefield Express.

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