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From: "Alister John Marsh" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] CNN article: The government has your baby's DNA..
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 13:59:30 +1300
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You said...
According to the article, the general public typically has access to the DNA
samples already, simply by filing a request as a "research study." Names
are allegedly removed unless family consent is given, but perhaps other
details (e.g., "race," place of birth) are made available.

The article made clear that the states consider the samples to be state
property, not the babies' or the parents'.

The question is, if a person filled out an application form to do a genetic
genealogical "research study" on the DNA of a deceased brother for whom they
were the next of kin, would they stand any chance of obtaining some sort of
access to the stored DNA of their brother?

I guess a lot would depend on the attitude of the various public service
individuals in different jurisdictions. Perhaps someone on this list needs
to test the water, and see what happens in a specific case.


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