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Most States Unclear About Storage, Use of Babies' Blood Samples, New Study Finds - 03/28/2011

Most States Unclear About Storage, Use of Babies' Blood Samples, New Study Finds

Government-sponsored analysis led by Johns Hopkins bioethics scholar published today in Pediatrics.
Release Date: March 28, 2011

State laws and policies governing the storage and use of surplus blood samples taken from newborns as part of the routine health screening process range from explicit to non-existent, leaving many parents ill-informed about how their babies' left over blood might be used, according to a team led by a member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Utah. A report on their analysis is published March 28 in the journal Pediatrics.

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Downloadable PDF available here: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/peds.2010-1468v1

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics: http://www.bioethicsinstitute.org

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