Congress passes genetic nondiscrimination bill amid concerns over privacy

The House passed the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act Thursday, joining the Senate in approving a bill more than 10 years in the making.
The bill, expected to be signed by President Bush, will prohibit health insurance companies and employers from attempting to discriminate against people based on their genetic information.
Congress, researchers and other stakeholders hail passage of the bill as an effort to support life-saving drug discoveries based on genetic analysis.
At the Bio-IT World Conference in Boston April 30, genetic scientists and other experts said the bill is a step in the right direction, but some questioned its ability to ensure nondiscrimination.

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