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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that would enable the state's Department of Health (MDH) to retain newborn bloodspot samples and related data indefinitely, a change that would restore a state policy that was overturned by a state court three years ago.

The Newborn Screening Program Modifications bill (SF 2047), which passed on a 41 to 22 vote, has strong support of screening advocacy groups, but it has drawn fire from others who worry that it will undercut genetic privacy and take choice from parents and give it to the state.

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An Associated Press report says China refrained from releasing the SARS-CoV-2 genome for more than a week in January, frustrating the World Health Organization.

The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine have issued expressions of concern regarding the data used in two COVID-19 papers, the New York Times reports. 

Researchers have sequenced the genome of the mayfly, garnering insight into how insects evolved wings, Science reports.

In Genome Research this week: gene expression in primate brain regions, inversions and breakpoint inverted repeats in the human genome, and more.

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