A generation of people born in Michigan has bloodspots stored in a Biobank.
They can be used, with names removed, for health research.
If you were born in Michigan between July 1984 and April 2010, you are almost certainly a part of it.
HOW IT WORKS
A heel-prick test checks every newborn baby for serious health problems.
More than 4 million “bloodspot” cards left over from these tests have been stored in a collection called a “biobank.”
The Michigan BioTrust for Health makes this huge collection of bloodspots — with names removed — available to researchers studying major health questions.
adults or parents with kids whose bloodspots are in the biotrust have several options: to stay in, to opt out of research, or to request that bloodspots be destroyed.
Individuals or community groups interested in exploring this topic in depth can use this interactive presentation (~50 minutes).