RESOURCES: Genetic Laws of the Land

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Science  30 Jul 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5684, pp. 585
DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5684.585e

Need help sorting through the tangle of laws and regulations covering genetic testing, DNA patenting, and related concerns? This new database from the National Human Genome Research Institute corrals the relevant federal and state rules, policies, and legislation. You can sort through government responses to issues such as genetic discrimination by employers and insurance companies—several states have passed protective laws—and informed consent for use of patient data, covered by the recent federal Privacy Rule. Options include searching by state or federal agency. To help people who can't read the legalese of full-text documents, many entries also include plain-language summaries.

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