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Genetic Discrimination Saves Lives

January 30, 2008

Thanks to recent technological innovations, companies like 23andMe are now able to offer comprehensive genetic profiles that can reveal predispositions towards certain health problems, and allow patients to take proactive measures to prevent them. Unfortunately, this potentially lifesaving diagnosis will not be available to most individuals because of so-called "genetic privacy" laws, such as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, passed by the House last year.

One common argument used to justify such laws is that genetic profiling will lead to a "second class" of people who cannot obtain insurance or employment.



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