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No Offense, Boss, But We're Glad We're Not in Texas

Over at the PredictER blog, Jere Odell has a post about a new law that established Texas as the first state in the US to require "that insurance providers hand over employees' health records to their employers," he writes. While this would seem to mean that GINA legislation is more important than ever, the blog says local news sources are assuring people that "employers still cannot obtain health information protected by other state or federal laws, such as HIV status, genetic test results or mental illness." If genetic information is already protected, Odell wonders, how will GINA make a difference? The cynics at GTO wonder, is this information really as safe as people think it is?

 

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.