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Genome Protection

Massachusetts state legislators have introduced a new bill called the Massachusetts Genetic Bill of Rights, reports Genomics Law Report's Susan Huber and Dan Vorhaus. The proposed bill establishes property right and privacy rights for personal genetic information and protects individuals from having their genetic information used against them, as in genetic profiling, Huber and Vorhaus add. The bill proposes to fill the gaps in genetic rights left by limitations in GINA and HIPAA. Among the bill's provisions: personal genomes would be considered "personal property" and insurers wouldn't be allowed to use a person's genetic makeup against them in matters of long-term care or life insurance, which GINA does not provide for. As Turna Ray notes in our sister publication Pharmacogenomics Reporter, the bill already has the support of several state senators and representatives.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.