Putting the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act in Context
Genetics in Medicine, Vol. 10, No. 9, pp. 655-656, 2008
2 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2009
Date Written: September 1, 2008
On May 21, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Because the issue of genetic discrimination had been considered for 13 years in Congress, and even longer in genetics circles, many of the advocates who worked on this legislation expressed an understandable sense of relief and exhilaration. Now that the ink has dried on the President’s signature, and before GINA takes effect, it is appropriate to consider what GINA does and - perhaps more importantly - what it does not do.
Keywords: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, GINA, genetics, discrimination
JEL Classification: K31, K32
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