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Workplace Genetic Testing Isnt Just Unethical Its Scientifically Unsound

Shared by Radhika Narayanan | 1389 21 3 | about 2 years ago

In 2008 Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act to prevent employers and insurance companies from discriminating against Americans based on their medical records Now a House committee is taking steps to remove GINAs protectionsOn March 8 the House Committee on Education and the Workforce narrowly approved HR 1313 which could allow employers to require genetic testing as part of a workplace wellness program Employees could face financial penalties if they refused The idea behind this is to make employees healthier and reduce health care costs for companies But medical ethicists argue that this is not only unethical its scientifically incoherent Simply put an employer wouldnt be able to glean anything particularly useful from commercially available genetic testing

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