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MN Supreme Court Rules on Newborn DNA Retention

GENETIC PRIVACY—U.S.

November 17, 2011

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled yesterday on a genetic privacy lawsuit that could have national implications. The court decided that a lower court must reconsider a challenge to the state's newborn screening program, which requires the collection and retention of newborns' DNA, TwinCities.com reports. Nine families sued the state in 2009, opposing the retention policies for newborns' blood samples. In 2010, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that the state's practices did not violate privacy rights due to an exception allowed for in the state's Genetic Privacy Act, but the Supreme Court rejected that argument yesterday. 
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