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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.

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