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Government Taking Newborn DNA Samples--CRAZY

 
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11/23/2009 11:48 PM
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Jim Harrington, an attorney for the Texas Civil Rights Project, who is representing Beleno and the other families in the federal lawsuit, said it violates the Fourth and 14th Amendments of the U. S. Constitution.

How can they do this?

I wonder how many states do this?
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11/23/2009 11:51 PM
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Re: Government Taking Newborn DNA Samples--CRAZY
I'm aware of newborn screening for diease, but this seems wrong. I thought informed consent is always necessary for human research.
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11/23/2009 11:54 PM
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I'm aware of newborn screening for diease, but this seems wrong. I thought informed consent is always necessary for human research.
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I am truly amazed!


Beginning in 2002, the State began saving the leftover specimens, unbeknownst to parents and without their consent.
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11/24/2009 12:01 AM
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Re: Government Taking Newborn DNA Samples--CRAZY
bump

I think every parent should read this! Seriously people!
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11/24/2009 12:15 AM
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Re: Government Taking Newborn DNA Samples--CRAZY
Maybe they're looking for changes that indicate a genetic shift in the human species.

You'd need a lot of samples over many years to identify such changes.

Just thinking out loud.
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11/24/2009 12:17 AM
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Re: Government Taking Newborn DNA Samples--CRAZY
Maybe they're looking for changes that indicate a genetic shift in the human species.

You'd need a lot of samples over many years to identify such changes.

Just thinking out loud.
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Yeah! But maybe they should inform the parents!
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11/24/2009 12:19 AM
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Re: Government Taking Newborn DNA Samples--CRAZY
Maybe get a midwife and have the baby at home and avoid Dr's as much as possible.
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11/24/2009 12:22 AM
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Re: Government Taking Newborn DNA Samples--CRAZY
Maybe they're looking for changes that indicate a genetic shift in the human species.

You'd need a lot of samples over many years to identify such changes.

Just thinking out loud.


Yeah! But maybe they should inform the parents!
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That's my point!

They're trying to do it in secret, so they don't want to inform the parents!!
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11/24/2009 12:24 AM
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Maybe get a midwife and have the baby at home and avoid Dr's as much as possible.
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It's worth a try.

Does the state require parents to take their newborns to the doctor after a home birth?

Worth looking into for would-be parents.
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11/24/2009 12:30 AM
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Re: Government Taking Newborn DNA Samples--CRAZY
I can't seem to find the other states that do keep them

Here are a few I found in an article

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Each state determines what is done with the blood spots afterward. The District discards them after a year. Virginia saves them for up to 10 years but does not allow them to be used for research, officials said. Maryland has been storing blood spots since 2004 and may make its inventory of about 350,000 samples available to researchers. At least nine other states also keep the blood spots indefinitely.
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11/24/2009 02:15 PM
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Re: Government Taking Newborn DNA Samples--CRAZY
I can't seem to find the other states that do keep them

Here are a few I found in an article

[link to www.washingtonpost.com]

Each state determines what is done with the blood spots afterward. The District discards them after a year. Virginia saves them for up to 10 years but does not allow them to be used for research, officials said. Maryland has been storing blood spots since 2004 and may make its inventory of about 350,000 samples available to researchers. At least nine other states also keep the blood spots indefinitely.
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Colorado disposes of them after 6 months. No research here, we like our ignorance.





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