By Matt Jones

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The final pieces of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that deal with employee rights and employer practices have been finalized by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and will be put in place in January 2010, according to the EEOC.

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