Minn. Dept of Health required to destroy newborn blood samples, after controversy

By the end of January 13, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health plans to have destroyed about 1.1 million archived dried blood spot cards and newborn screening test results from its archives.

The action follows a settlement this week with 21 families who sued the agency for storing the genetic material without parental consent. But although the settlement ends a long-running court fight over the department’s collection and storage practices, the battle over the state’s archiving plan going forward appears to be far from over.

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