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Medical News & Perspectives
June 4, 2008

Congress Passes Bill to Ban Discrimination Based on Individuals’ Genetic Makeup

JAMA. 2008;299(21):2493. doi:10.1001/jama.299.21.2493

In a move to protect individuals from health insurance or employment discrimination based on their genetic information, both the House and Senate have overwhelmingly passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The protections provided by the act are meant to encourage US individuals to obtain genetic testing as part of their medical care without fear of discrimination.

The progress of GINA's passage can be tracked at http://www.genome.gov/24519851.