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Is it OK for newborn blood to be used for research without parental consent?

A critical safety net for babies — that heelprick of blood taken from every newborn in the U.S. — is facing an ethics attack. After those tiny blood spots are tested, some states are storing them for years. Scientists consider the leftover samples a research treasure, but parents are rarely asked to consent to such research, raising privacy concerns that are shaking up one of public health's

A critical safety net for babies — that heelprick of blood taken from every newborn in the U.S. — is facing an ethics attack. After those tiny blood spots are tested, some states are storing them for years. Scientists consider the leftover samples a research treasure, but parents are rarely asked to consent to such research, raising privacy concerns that are shaking up one of public health's most successful programs.