Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: newborn blood spots

Weekly Roundup: FDA Regulations, Science Funding and Newborn Screening

With so many developments at the intersection of genomics and the law, there is often a variety of interesting stories that, for one reason or another, don’t find their way into a full-length posting on the Genomics Law Report. In this post we recap several recent key developments and, at bottom, round up all of […]

Surreptitious Genetic Testing: WikiLeaks Highlights Gap in Genetic Privacy Law

The top news story the past two weeks: the release of hundreds of thousands of confidential American diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks. While dissecting diplomatic maneuvering is not a traditional area of expertise for the Genomics Law Report, a pair of cables did catch our eye. The first is primarily a curiosity: the allegation that Chinese […]

The Texas Newborn Bloodspot Saga has Reached a Sad – and Preventable – Conclusion

Contributed by Ann Waldo, Senior Counsel at Genetic Alliance. In late February, the state of Texas incinerated 5.3 million newborn bloodspots. The background – the Genomics Law Report has had several posts (here and here) about the ongoing situation involving 5.3 million newborn bloodspots in a state biorepository in Texas. Often referred to as “residual” […]

The Texas Newborn Blood Spot Saga Continues

Contributed by Allison Williams Dobson of the Center for Genomics and Society at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) could soon face a new federal lawsuit in light of the discovery that it sent 800 anonymous newborn blood samples to a U.S. military DNA lab in […]

Newborn Blood Spot Litigation: 70 Days to Destroy 5+ Million Samples

Sometime in the next few months, Texas will destroy more than 5 million blood samples collected from newborn babies across the state over the past seven years. The lawsuit that led to this result—agreed to as part of a settlement reached between the state and a civil rights group representing a group of parents—illustrates a […]