NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's proposed rule to change aspects of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act with regard to employer-backed wellness programs has some advocacy groups concerned that the move will weaken civil rights protections under the law.

Meanwhile, members of the business community would like to see the EEOC interpret a narrower definition of "genetic information" and expand the ability of wellness plans to request this information from all covered dependents of employees, including children.

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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.