A Slippery Slope?

The Los Angeles Times' Booster Shots blog examines the National Collegiate Athletic Association's plan to "screen close to 167,000 college athletes for 'sickle cell trait,'" in light of a warning from two experts at the National Human Genome Research Institute that the program is "full of potential pitfalls." According to the LA Times, the NCAA program "aims to identify carriers of a single sickle-cell gene," as these individuals "have unusual vulnerabilitie

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Bavaria expands its forensic genetic analyses to include DNA phenotyping, raising discrimination concerns.

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