In news that surprises no one but is nonetheless significant, the House has passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) by a vote of 414-1. It passed the Senate last week by a 95-0 margin. President Bush is expected to sign GINA into law shortly. Among other provisions related to health insurance coverage, the bill will make it illegal for employers to use genetic information in hiring, firing, or promotion decisions.
I'll have more on GINA's potential impact if and when President Bush signs it.