A guest post at the Intersection by Alice Popejoy argues that universal health care would remove any incentives for genetic discrimination, even more so than the current US health care overhaul does as "health costs remain the responsibility of insurance companies and employers." Popejoy adds that DNA can be legally, and easily, obtained from a person's cup or keyboard and that "employers and insurance companies have an

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The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

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