Protecting our children’s DNA

by jeeg 5. March 2015 22:11
  Before they are more than a couple of days old, 98 percent of the roughly 4 million babies born in the U.S. each year have a small sample of blood taken and screened for a variety of inherited conditions. Caught early, many of these conditions can be successfully treated, preventing dea... [More]

Government DNA collection under microscope in California

by jeeg 5. March 2015 22:08
  In 2015, genes have many uses. Soon after every baby in California is born, a hospital worker extracts and logs its genetic information. It will be tested for diseases and then stashed permanently in a warehouse containing a generation of Californians’ DNA. For those charged with a... [More]

Parents and Children Deserve Genetic Privacy

by jeeg 28. April 2014 21:23
  Newborn screening is practiced nationwide to detect rare conditions that may be life-threatening or require medical attention. Shortly after birth, the baby’s heel is pricked and a few drops of blood are placed on a special filter-paper blood spot card, which is sent to the state gov... [More]

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland warns against destruction of DNA database

by jeeg 25. January 2013 00:48
The RCPI has expressed "serious concern" at what it termed HSE plans to permanently destroy the DNA records of every baby born in Ireland between 1984 and 2002. "This will result in the permanent loss of a genetic database of the Irish population, a unique bio-historical archive of pre-immig... [More]

Infant DNA Tests Speed Diagnosis of Rare Diseases

by jeeg 5. October 2012 21:31
From the day she was born, the girl had seizure after seizure. Doctors at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., frantically tried to keep her alive. Weeks passed and every medication failed. Finally, her family decided to let their baby go, and the medical devices were withdrawn. She ... [More]

Irish plan to destroy million baby blood samples 'appalling'

by jeeg 5. March 2012 20:47
MINISTER FOR Health Dr James Reilly has decided to have more than a million archived blood samples taken from newborns destroyed within the next four to six months. Cardiologists have called on the Minister to reverse the decision, describing it as “appalling”. They say the sample... [More]
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