Lawsuits Fight Government DNA Database

Reason Magizine mentions a story on parents who are fighting efforts by some states to keep newborn DNA records on file. The tests are done to detect genetic defects in newborns.

The genetic tests are done without the parents’ consent, and some states then keep the DNA profiles for years. State laws vary on length of time the samples are kept, from just a few days in many states; to Indiana and New Jersey’s oddly specific 23-year cutoff; to California and Florida, which keep the DNA “indefinitely.”


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