Most States Unclear About Storage, Use of Babies' Blood Samples, New Study Finds
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.
On the Web:
Downloadable PDF available here: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/peds.2010-1468v1
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics: http://www.bioethicsinstitute.org
For the Media
Media contact: Michael Pena