Many parents don't realize their baby's DNA is being stored in a government lab, but sometimes when they find out, as the Browns did, they take action.Parents in Texas, and Minnesota have filed lawsuits, and these parents' concerns are sparking a new debate about whether it's appropriate for a baby's genetic blueprint to be in the government's possession."We were appalled when we found out," says Brown, who's a registered nurse."Why do they need to store my baby's DNA indefinitely?That being said, the cost of insurance continuing education and other courses and services can range from .95 to more than 0 (probably overpriced), depending on how many are chosen, the multiples, the format, and numerous other variables.
Now, states mandate that newborns be tested for anywhere between 28 and 54 different conditions, and the DNA samples are stored in state labs for anywhere from three months to indefinitely, depending on the state.
Many states also have state specific insurance continuing education courses that an agent must complete to either renew their license, or if the rep markets certain products.
Currently, 19 states require an ethics course as a part of the insurance continuing education.
However, she says it's her understanding that if a researcher wants a sample with a baby's name attached, consent first must be obtained from the parents.
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