Blood Testing for Newborns


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Blood Testing for Newborns
The heel prick is a blood test for newborns that has become viewed as putting the baby in critical safety and making it an ethical issue. From the heel prick tiny blood spots are used to genetically test for debilitating disease that are devastating to the child and family. In some states these ting blood spots are held in storage for decades. The leftover blood spots are used to enhance newborn screening and to study the effects of environmental toxins that have the potential to infect the fetus and cause birth defects such as heart disease and cancer (Dhachkin, 2007).
The ethical dilemma at the center of the debate abut blood testing for newborns is that parents are not being asked for their...
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