Saturday, May 24, 2008

Genetic Discrimination becomes a Crime

If you ever worried that information from a genetic test might be used to deny you a job, insurance or entrance to an elite training school for genetically-engineered astronauts, you can breathe a little easier now.

After a decade of false starts, dead ends and back-room squabbles, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was signed into law by President Bush today. In a nutshell, it prevents employers and insurers from using genetic data against you.

The bill's co-sponsor, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), calls it the "the first civil rights legislation of the 21st century."

I agree! This will be discussed for hundreds of years to come.

Genetic Discrimination by Insurers, Employers Becomes a Crime Wired Science from Wired.com

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