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GINA Takes Hold

GINA will be taking effect November 21 for businesses with 15 or more employees and December 7 for group insurance plans, this New York Times article reminds us. GINA bars employers from requesting that an employee undergo genetic testing and from considering an employee's genetic background when making hiring, firing or promotion decisions. Health insurance companies are also not allowed to use genetic information to deny coverage or to set rates. "There's an absolute ban on the use of genetic information to make any kind of decision about employment," says Christopher Kuczynski, assistant legal counsel with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.