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Genetic Discrimination - Get Used To The Idea

Genetic discrimination has an unpleasant ring to it, but it's probably something we need to steel ourselves against. Data is king in our computer age, from credit scores to social media scores to the the most personal (and one would hope) most private of data - a person's genetic makeup.

With genetic data - DNA - collection on the rise (ostensibly for all the "right" reasons) there looms a troubling near future that has already started to show itself, notwithstanding current GINA legislation.
To experts in genetics law, four letters are conspicuously missing from the legal wrangling: GINA, or the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. GINA bars genetic discrimination in just two cases: employment or health insurance. That obviously doesn’t include getting education and housing and plenty of other situation where discrimination might happen. 


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