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When GINA Just Isn't Enough

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that extends the privacy and protections of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act even further, says the University of Pennsylvania's Jennifer Wagner at Genomics Law Report. CalGINA, as it's called, amends existing non-discrimination laws in California to cover discrimination based on genetic information, Wagner says. "It mimics the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act in its definition of genetic information: genetic information does not include information about an individual's sex or age, but the definition does include genetic tests of an individual, genetic tests of an individual's family members and family medical history," she adds. But where the federal version of GINA says people are protected from genetic discrimination in the areas of employment and health insurance, CalGINA extends that to include receipt of emergency medical care, distribution of alcoholic club licenses, access to facilities, and participation in state-funded or state-administrated activity or programs, among others. "Ultimately, CalGINA amends the Business and Professions Code, the Education Code, the Elections Code, the Government Code, the Penal Code, the Revenue and Taxation Code, and the Welfare and Institutions Code," Wagner says.

The Scan

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.