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State Grapples with DNA Storage, Use Questions

GENETIC PRIVACY—U.S.

April 13, 2011

Two separate uses for DNA are raising privacy concerns in Minnesota. MPR News reports on two state senate proposals that would require the Minnesota Department of Health to promptly destroy newborn blood samples, which are collected to identify medical disorders and can currently be stored indefinitely for other testing and disease research. The proposed legislation would require parental consent and a maximum storage period of two years. "Until there is consent for the storage and the use of our genetic information, no research should happen," one privacy advocate said. Separately, proposed legislation to let police test samples for familial DNA matches to solve crimes is also raising privacy questions.
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