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Pre-Existing Genes

Wired writes that new the US healthcare bill could led people to be denied insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions written in their genes.

Any short-term gains the bill may have on encouraging healthier lifestyles wouldn’t be worth the crippling effects it could have on the genomics field, leaders in the space said.

Some 50 groups have signed a letter expressing strong opposition to a bill that would allow workplace wellness programs to collect employees' genetic information.

EEOC final rules provide employers clarity on wellness programs, but they may confuse the public about genetic privacy and anti-discrimination laws, some groups said.

According to ASHG, the final rules, issued this week, will significantly weaken patient privacy protections under ADA and GINA.

The Genetic Research Privacy Protection Act would ensure that federally funded researchers can't reveal genetic data that can identify study participants.

GINA Goes to School

A boy's cystic fibrosis carrier status was revealed by a teacher to the parents of children with CF who then sought the boy's transfer to another school, leading to a lawsuit.

Although there are many objections to EEOC proposed changes, some in the business community want more liberal regulations around wellness program inducements.

Not Even Then

A jury awards $2.25 million in the case of the 'devious defecator,' which was brought under the US Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

The case of the 'devious defecator' examines the protections of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.