Minnesota must destroy 1 million newborn blood samples

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 13, 2014 - 10:26 PM

Twenty-one families had challenged Health Department research.

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SwiftBoatJan. 13, 1412:31 PM

Good, the state has no business with them.

lindsaytJan. 13, 1412:50 PM

So the article didn't clarify which records will be destroyed. Does this mean *all* records collected up to now will be destroyed after the 71 days or 2 years, depending on outcome? Can I be confident that a record from about a decade ago will now be destroyed?

cinemajayJan. 13, 14 1:25 PM

"Good, the state has no business with them." So tracking incidence of disease and birth defects is of no interest to the public good? I agree, the state should have/should now abide by the regulations. But it's absolutely in the interest of every Minnesotan that we make record of how our population is afflicted with illness and the potential costs to our society.

hobie2Jan. 13, 14 1:26 PM

One of the benefits of socialized medicine of the Scandinavian type is the ability to sort all records to see if there is any correspondence between certain conditions and behaviors or diseases, particularly mothers prenatal and children, and prevent conditions effectively and much more rapidly than the US method of hypothesis, theory, test, trial, retest, and re-hypothesis...They just sort for the family record codes of all the population to be looked at and run a statistics program... ASD prenatal correlating factors took the Danes a lot less time than the US would have - and the Danes have two major correlations and three mother's diseases with conditions for 90% of their ASD while the US is still arguing over shots.

ebenezerJan. 13, 14 1:40 PM

This is the most short-sighted lawsuit and decision I can recall in years. What a blow to the potential understanding of and future possible cures/treatments for any number of conditions associated with humankind. This is a tragedy, but not unexpected because of the general scientific ignorance of the majority of our population.

privateeyeJan. 13, 14 1:52 PM

Can I be confident that a record from about a decade ago will now be destroyed?---Why? What could nefarious reason could the state have that would effect you. This whole thing is stupid. Information gleaned from this could benefit society. We have become a society afraid of their shadow.

sternitzkyJan. 13, 14 2:07 PM

Would these parents be the first to sue if the state could have learned something and didn't and their child suffered because of it?

shuckJan. 13, 14 2:19 PM

It is a tremendous shame to lose the ability to sift through such a vast pool of data whenever other possible markers are identified. That said, we've seen time and again (particularly in the last few years) that there is no such thing as a secure collection of data. After weighing the tiny potential risk vs. the near certain benefit I'd still opt-in my two children's samples which are from the window in question...

dw7719Jan. 13, 14 2:30 PM

As a parent who has recently been through this, the state basically knocks down the door of the mother's recovery room and tells the new parent that they can't leave before the test is complete. That is, by the way, complete nonsense. You can elect to have, or not have, the test performed and opt in or out of any collection of ensuing data. It's your child and you prerogative. Why the state is so afraid of obtaining conscientious and upfront consent from parents in the delivery room is totally disingenuous and beyond me. Good intentions of the state aside, the ends do not justify the means....especially when the means are so easily corrected.

badgerfan2Jan. 13, 14 2:34 PM

All in the name of stupidity, i.e. the tea party. Same folks who think their constitutional rights entitle them to own machine guns.


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