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Routine DNA Tests For Newborns Mean Looming Privacy Problems

February 5th, 2010 02:13 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

pogopop77 writes “CNN has an interesting story about how newborn babies in the United States are routinely screened for a panel of genetic diseases. Since the testing is mandated by the government, it’s often done without the parents’ consent. However, many states store that DNA information indefinitely, and even make it available to researchers with little or no privacy safeguards. Sometimes even the names are attached! Here is information on state-by-state policies (PDF) of the handling of the DNA information.”

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