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The Government Has Your Baby’s DNA

Posted By admin On February 5, 2010 @ 2:22 pm In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Elizabeth Cohen
CNN [1]
Friday, February 5, 2010

(CNN) — When Annie Brown’s daughter, Isabel, was a month old, her pediatrician asked Brown and her husband to sit down because he had some bad news to tell them: Isabel carried a gene that put her at risk for cystic fibrosis.

While grateful to have the information — Isabel received further testing and she doesn’t have the disease — the Mankato, Minnesota, couple wondered how the doctor knew about Isabel’s genes in the first place. After all, they’d never consented to genetic testing.

It’s simple, the pediatrician answered: Newborn babies in the United States are routinely screened for a panel of genetic diseases. Since the testing is mandated by the government, it’s often done without the parents’ consent, according to Brad Therrell, director of the National Newborn Screening & Genetics Resource Center [2].

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In many states, such as Florida, where Isabel was born, babies’ DNA is stored indefinitely, according to the resource center.

Many parents don’t realize their baby’s DNA is being stored in a government lab, but sometimes when they find out, as the Browns did, they take action. Parents in Texas, and Minnesota have filed lawsuits, and these parents’ concerns are sparking a new debate about whether it’s appropriate for a baby’s genetic blueprint to be in the government’s possession.

Full story here. [1]


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[1] CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/04/baby.dna.government/index.html?hpt=C2

[2] National Newborn Screening & Genetics Resource Center: http://genes-r-us.uthscsa.edu/

[3] Image: http://www.prisonplanet.tv

[4] The government has your baby’s DNA!: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-government-has-your-babys-dna-2.html

[5] Newborns’ DNA Routinely Harvested For Government Bio Banks: http://www.prisonplanet.com/newborns-dna-routinely-harvested-for-government-bio-banks.html

[6] Babies with three parents could be born by 2015 after controversial genetic treatment gets green light: http://www.prisonplanet.com/babies-with-three-parents-could-be-born-by-2015-after-controversial-genetic-treatment-gets-green-light.html

[7] Explosive Report: 98% of Newborn Babies are Genetically Screened: http://www.prisonplanet.com/explosive-report-98-of-newborn-babies-are-genetically-screened.html

[8] Supreme Court Blocks Government Plan To Claim Ownership Of DNA: http://www.prisonplanet.com/supreme-court-blocks-government-plan-to-claim-ownership-of-dna.html

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