Nature's Helen Shen reports that California is considering passing a genetic privacy bill that many researchers say would have a detrimental effect on their ability to do their work. The bill, called the Genetic Information Privacy Act, would require that patients or study participants give individual written consent for the collection, analysis, and sharing of their genetic information, Shen says.

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