Genetic Testing: Scientific Background for Policymakers
Sarata, Amada K.
CRS Reports, January 26, 2007, online edition, 13p
In the 109th Congress, several pieces of legislation were introduced that related genetic and genomic technology and testing, including the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2005 (S. 306/H.R. 1227), the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act of 2006 (S. 3822) and the Prenatally Diagnosed Condition Awareness Act (S. 609). Although none of these bills passed, they signal the growing importance of the public policy issues surrounding the clinical and public health implications of new genetic technology. As genetic technologies proliferate and are increasingly used to guide clinical treatment, these public policy issues are likely to continue to garner considerable attention. Understanding the basic scientific concepts underlying genetics and genetic testing may help facilitate the development of more effective public policy in this area. Amanda K. Sarata is an Analyst in Genetics.
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