genetic discrimination


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genetic discrimination

Unequal treatment of persons with either known genetic abnormalities or the inherited propensity for disease. Genetic discrimination may have a negative effect on employability, insurability, and other socioeconomic variables.
See also: discrimination
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Bornstein, Genetic Discrimination, Insurability and Legislation: A Closing of the Legal Loopholes, 4 J.
Canada, because of the inaction of the principal stakeholders (namely, government and insurers) is now one of the only developed countries that does not offer its citizens any specific protection against the risks of genetic discrimination.
While key issues related to genetic discrimination are being played out in laboratories and in the courts, public policy responses are taking shape in both administrative and legislative spheres.
Simply put, after more than a decade of legislative development and raising awareness, the era of personalized medicine, scientific discoveries and preventative care can now be fully realized without fear of genetic discrimination.
One of the biggest impacts of the law may be its potential to alleviate concerns about genetic discrimination among both patients and physicians, Dr.
Similarly, a careful seven-state survey conducted a few years ago found no cases of genetic discrimination (Am.
Of the states where Burlington Northern drew blood for genetic tests, some--such as Iowa, Kansas and Wisconsin--have laws governing genetic discrimination in the workplace; others--Missouri, North Dakota and Washington--do not.
Ever-tightening legal prohibitions against genetic discrimination create perverse side effects when combined with the trend toward cheap and effective genetic testing," Longman and Brownlee wrote.
Currently, about two dozen states ha, e legislative protections against on-the-job genetic discrimination.
The bill also contained provisions concerning long-term care, privacy and genetic discrimination.
As the use of genetic tests increases," Daschle said, " the number of genetic discrimination victims will increase unless we specify--clearly and unambiguously -- how genetic information may be used and how it may not be used.
Genetic discrimination - will those who do not meet the genetic requirements be excluded from, say, health schemes, insurance policies, jobs?