Infant Blood Samples To Be Destroyed

(St. Paul, MN) -- Over one million infant blood samples in Minnesota will be destroyed as part of a legal settlement. The state Department of Health released a statement yesterday indicating they will abide by the ruling of the Minnesota Supreme Court and also pay nearly one-million dollars in court costs. The department had fought to keep the blood samples for research unless parents opted out of the program in writing. The state is now only allowed to keep blood samples that test positive for inherited or metabolic disorders for two years and just 71 days if they are negative.