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California's Turn

First it was Massachusetts, then it was Vermont, and now it's California — legislators from the Golden State have proposed a piece of "genetic legislation" which adds genetics to the list of bases upon which people are protected from discrimination, says Genomics Law Report's Dan Vorhaus. The bill calls for amendments to California's Unruh Civil Rights Act and Fair Employment and Housing Act to include genetic information as an "impermissible basis of discrimination alongside sex, race, color, religion and a number of other specified bases," Vorhaus says. However, although the California legislator that proposed the bill says it would expand on the protections offered by the federal GINA bill, the reality is that many provisions already exist to protect California's residents from genetic discrimination in almost any area, he adds.

The Scan

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.

Circulating Tumor DNA Shows Potential as Biomarker in Rare Childhood Cancer

A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has found that circulating tumor DNA levels in rhabdomyosarcoma may serve as a biomarker for prognosis.

Study Recommends Cancer Screening for Dogs Beginning Age Seven, Depending on Breed

PetDx researchers report in PLOS One that annual cancer screening for dogs should begin by age seven.

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.