Class Action Filed Over Infant Blood Samples
GENETIC PRIVACYMay 28, 2010
British Columbia's Provincial Health Services Authority is facing a class action lawsuit for its collection and use of infants' blood samples without parental permission, Courthouse News Service reports. A mother of two says the authority is maintaining 800,000 samples collected from babies born in BC since 1999. Her complaint states that the samples have been accessed by researchers for "unknown research and testing purposes" and that "The blood sample storage facility amounts to a legally unauthorized fully functional DNA database." The class is seeking destruction of the samples and damages, according to the report.