EEOC

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.

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

The final regulations detailing GINA's employer section aim to simplify rules and definitions, and to provide safe harbor and guidance for businesses.

As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission prepares its discrimination policy, it has collected comments from stakeholders regarding genetic information, incidental errors, and protection for employers and employees.

At the public meeting, speakers from groups representing employers and employees pointed out the need for the EEOC to clarify "inadvertent acquisition" of genetic information under which employers would not be held in violation of the law and to provide specific examples of the types of genetic information linked to "manifested diseases" which the law does not protect.

The law's Title II section and 'firewall' protections may be at the center of discussion as EEOC drafts its regulations.

Dog DNA testing finds that some purebreds might not truly be purebreds, Inside Edition reports.

Mary Beckerle has returned as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, according to ScienceInsider.

Smithsonian Magazine reports that environmental DNA sampling can be used to track elusive organisms.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive satellite DNA in the fruit fly, transcriptome map assembly pipeline, and more.