Earlier this month, the House passed H.R. 493, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, by a vote of 414 to 1. The legislation aims to prevent insurance companies and employers from discriminating against employees based on their genetic information. The act is designed to offer protection and encouragement to those hoping to discover more about their health through genetic tests and personalized medicine.
Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, director, National Human Genome Research Institute,
National Institutes of Health, made this statement, "This is a great gift to all Americans. It will make it safe for Americans to benefit from the medical results of the Human Genome Project, in which they invested so much. It will make it safe to have their genes examined without fear that they may be discriminated against in employment or health insurance. This is a great day."