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Limited Time Opportunity for Genetic Discrimination

Science Progress has a few articles on progress implementing the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act. (And you thought you were already covered.) In this column, Rick Weiss reports that "the deadline is looming for federal agencies to release rules spelling out how they will interpret and enforce that historic legislation." Weiss notes that the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will release today a guideline on "how that agency intends to implement GINA’s so-called Title II provisions, which deal with genetic discrimination in the workplace."

Meanwhile, here's another piece from Science Progress digging into the data of genetic discrimination, with charts on genetic testing trends and a couple of case studies of lawsuits charging genetic-based discrimination.

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.