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Couple files suit over baby’s DNA sample

A Mankato couple, among others, has filed a lawsuit after they learned their baby’s DNA was taken and stored in government labs without their consent.

A Mankato couple, among others, has filed a lawsuit after they learned their baby’s DNA was taken and stored in government labs without their consent. Newborns are normally screened for a series of genetic diseases at birth by taking a blood sample as mandated by the government. Several blood spots are used for screening, while the rest of the sample is stored for future research. In this case, the couple gave birth in Florida, a state that can keep this DNA stored indefinitely.

Minnesota is one of the few states that will take requests from parents to destroy a baby’s DNA sample by filling out a form.