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A Florida bill would prevent insurance companies in the state from considering genetic data in life or long-term care coverage decisions, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Under Lock and Key?

Bloomberg Businessweek reports on genetic privacy and the use of DNA databases by law enforcement.

Maryland lawmakers consider bill to prevent law enforcement from using publicly available DNA databases to identify suspects, the Daily Record reports.

The new analysis also uncovered knowledge gaps about why people are worried about genetic privacy.

The two papers published today in Science and Cell have implications for both forensics and genetic research.

In an editorial, the Washington Post calls on Congress to develop privacy standards to govern genetic testing companies.

The protocol could lead to greater regulatory harmonization in Europe, where every country has its own national legislation covering genetic testing.

It will be possible to upload genomic data to Australia's My Health Record system, which has raised privacy issues, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Indian DTC genomics company Mapmygenome has enlisted Israel-based Digital DNAtix to move its interpretation and personalized medicine services to a blockchain.

Support and Trust

My Gene Counsel's Ellen Matloff says Facebook needs to regain the trust of patient groups that used its closed groups for support.


23andMe and Airbnb have partnered to offer "heritage travel," according to Venture Beat.

China may include regulations protecting genes and embryos in its update of its civil code, Nature News reports.

In Nature this week: exome sequence analysis of individuals with type 2 diabetes, genomic prediction of maize yield across environments, and more.

NPR reports on efforts to engineer bacteriophages to destroy antibiotic-resistance bacteria.