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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