By Matt Jones

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Any new policies developed to address concerns about what happens to blood spots collected from newborns should focus on allowing the parents to choose what happens to these samples, which are valuable to researchers long after they are used for newborn screening, according to University of Michigan Health System pediatrician Beth Tarini.

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