The government and newborns' DNA

  • 13 July 2016
  • NormanL
The government and newborns' DNA

The government collects data on children born in the United States. Not just names, but something far more personal: their DNA.

It's part of a long-standing public health initiative to screen for genetic disorders. This can help with treatment, which is a good thing.

What happens to this information? It's often kept for a short time. But some states keep it indefinitely. And the testing is often done without the parents' consent: