Who’s looking in your genes? April 25, 2008Posted by davegoblog in Future, Politics, Science, Technology.
Have no fear! Only you and your doctor will be able to know what’s hiding in your genes. The U.S. Senate has finally passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), approving by unanimous vote an amended version of H.R. 493, which passed the House a year ago today by a vote of 420-3. As I previously blogged, the Senate debate had been on “hold” by Tom Coburn, Republican U.S. Senator from Oklahoma.
The act, once signed into law, will protect Americans against discrimination based on their genetic information when it comes to health insurance and employment. The long-awaited measure, which has been debated in Congress for 13 years (my emphasis), will pave the way for people to take full advantage of the promise of personalized medicine without fear of discrimination.
Start studying for that genetic test now!