GINA's Impact On Clinical Research Trials

Law360, New York (May 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- On May 21, 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, known as GINA, or the Act, which prohibits discrimination of an individual’s health insurance coverage and employment based on genetic information.[1]

When the bill was first introduced in 1995, there existed about 300 genetic tests, mostly for very rare diseases.[2] A milestone was reached in April 2003 when the Human Genome Project completed mapping and sequencing of human genes.

This groundbreaking project provided scientists with a key to...
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