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Law360, New York (August 05, 2013, 12:05 PM ET) -- In the 1997 science-fiction film "Gattaca," Vincent, the main character, lives in a futuristic world where success is based on an individual’s genetic profile instead of experience or education. Because Vincent’s genes are considered inferior, he assumes the identity of a genetically superior man in order to avoid discrimination based on his genetics.
While the plot of Gattaca may seem to have no basis in reality, genetics have actually impacted our lives over the last century. For example, genetic testing has been used for decades to...