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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Senate approved ban on genetic discrimination
Sarah Steers at 12:00 AM ET

On February 17, 2005, the US Senate voted to ban employment and insurance discrimination on the basis of genetic predisposition to disease under the authority of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2005 [PDF]. The bill was opposed by business interests, including the US Chamber of Commerce, and failed to pass in the US House of Representatives. In January 2007, President George W. Bush publicly urged passage of the bill. On April 25, 2008, the Senate again approved the bill, and on May 1, 2008, the House of Representatives also approved the measure. President Bush signed the bill into law on May 21, 2008.

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