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Resource ID: #17487
Subject: Blood Banks
Source: WNEM-TV (Saginaw, MI)
Date: 2000-05-16



A WNEM-TV investigation uncovers the existence of "a government warehouse where DNA from millions of Michigan newborns is stored." The reporter finds that the genetic information is taken from newborns' blood samples collected for various health tests. The series tells the story in the light of the "mapping of entire human genome" and the "potential danger such a database could impose on a family's privacy." The story reveals that "few parents had ever been told sensitive information on their kids was being collected." It also warns about potential discrimination problems because of genetic diseases.

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