NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Blood samples that are left over from newborn screening tests offer a treasure trove of research materials for scientists seeking to uncover the role of genes in diseases and health, and the science community should be pushing for policies that promote their use in research while protecting donor privacy, a group of bioethicists said in a policy paper this week.

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