Monday, January 22, 2007

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007 (HR 493)

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007 (H.R. 393) promotes genetic testing for disease but makes genetic discrimination illegal. The goal is to make people feel comfortable about sharing their genetic information by establishing safeguards to prevent that information from being exploited. Howard University and the University of Michigan School of Public Health held a workshop in October 2006 to address the genetics justice issue, entitled: "Achieving Equity in Genetics Policy through Diversity in Decision Making.

The Coalition for Genetic Fairness, led by the Genetics Alliance is supporting this bill. President Bush supports the legislation. H.R. 493 would establish a national and uniform basic standard to fully protect the public from discrimination and allay their concerns about the potential for discrimination, thereby allowing individuals to take advantage of genetic testing , technologies, research, and new therapies.

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