This article has been updated to clarify comments from Anya Prince of the Cancer Legal Resource Center. The article inaccurately cited Prince as stating that some states mandate coverage for BRCA testing.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – California lawmakers are considering a new proposal that would address concerns about keeping genetic information private by making it illegal to analyze, share, or store an individual's genetic information without that person's written consent.
According to unofficial results, the Third Frontier extension passed by a 62-38 percent margin, benefiting from a consensus of support among life sciences leaders, business leaders, and government officials from both political parties.
The referendum, known as State Issue 1, would extend four years a key funding source over the past decade for many of the Buckeye State's research institutions and partners in recruiting researchers, building facilities, and pursuing research.
The money is part of the $22 million committed by the state in return for the nonprofit research and technology development institute locating its recently-opened Center for Advanced Drug Research, or CADRE, in Harrisonburg, Va.
Life sciences leaders, led by the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, successfully lobbied for the exemption by emphasizing the effect the higher tax would have on specific research institutions and companies.