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US Senate outlaws genetic discrimination

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39569.467998.DB (Published 08 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1038
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill banning discrimination against people on the grounds of their genetic make-up. The House of Representatives is expected to pass the bill, which is called the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) quickly, and President George W Bush has indicated he will sign it into law.

Genetic tests might alert people to inherited health problems and allow them to take preventive action, but there has been widespread fear that test results could lead to discrimination in employment and insurance coverage.

The …

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