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Lawrence Moore and Emily Sherlock, from the Genomics Law Report, examine whether federal regulations, such as HIPPAA and GINA, affect direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms. First, they discuss whether DTC companies are covered by HIPAA, though, at first glance, it looks like these companies aren't involved in healthcare.

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