Consent and Research

A new law requiring consent from parents before conducting research on blood spots collected from newborns is raising concerns among some public health experts that such a requirement could hamper both fundamental research and research to improve such screens, Science's Jennifer Couzin-Frankel reports. In the US, the newborn screening program tests infants for some 30 rare and serious diseases that can be treated if caught early enough.

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