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Senate Passes Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Bill

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (GenomeWeb News) - The US Senate yesterday unanimously approved legislation that would prohibit insurance companies and employers from discriminating against people based on their genetic information.


Entitled the "Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2003," the bill now moves to the US House of Representatives.


Information about the Senate bill is available here.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

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And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.