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NHGRI Launches Web Resource on Genetic Laws, Policies

NEW YORK, July 22 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Human Genome Research Institute this week unveiled a new Web site that provides researchers, health professionals and the general public with information on laws and policies related to genetic issues.


The site offers free and searchable information on genetic testing and counseling; insurance and employment discrimination; newborn screening; privacy of genetic information and confidentiality; informed consent; and commercialization and patenting.


The resource has an interactive map of the US, enabling users to view state legislation and laws for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to the federal and state laws, the database contains information from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the US Patent and Trademark Office, the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society, and the President's Council on Bioethics.

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