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Subject the state quietly gave hundreds of newborn blood samples to a U.S. Armed Forces laboratory for use in a forensics database.
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Original Message This stuff probably happens all the time I bet
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Texas Supplied Newborn Blood Samples to U.S. Armed Forces laboratory

Published on 02-23-2010

Source: Science Mag - Jennifer Couzin-Frankel

Dogged investigation by a non-profit online media organization in Texas has revealed that between 2003 and 2007, the state quietly gave hundreds of newborn blood samples to a U.S. Armed Forces laboratory for use in a forensics database. The revelation will likely raise questions about how newborn screening programs are run and how the samples are disseminated, almost always without families knowing where they go.

In this case, 800 blood samples were to be part of a new, national mitochondrial DNA database intended as a reference databank for the forensic community and for research into mitochondrial DNA variationóDNA we inherit from our mother. California, Minnesota, and Florida have also reportedly supplied infant blood samples to the effort, according to The Texas Tribune investigation.

Like virtually every state, Texas routinely screens almost all newborns for rare diseases, collecting a few drops of blood at birth. In recent years many states, Texas included, have stored the samples and offered them up for research, mainly in pediatrics.

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