Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling Favors Genetic Privacy

 

The Minnesota Supreme Court today issued a ruling in support of the 9-famiies who sued the Minnesota Department of Health for violation of the state genetic privacy law. 
 
On July 1, 1997, MDH began storing indefinitely and using the blood of newborns for purposes beyond the newborn screening program. Uses included genetic research. Parent consent was not obtained for the storage or research. The DNA of nearly a million children is now considered state government property under Minnesota law. 
 
Earlier, on July 1, 1986, MDH began storing indefinitely the test results from the newborn genetic screening program. 
 
Click on "Read More" to read the MN Supreme Court November 16th ruling. The summary is on the bottom of page one and top of page two.

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