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Massachusetts 2011 State Bills:
opens new window Massachusetts 2011 S 1080
Use of Residual Newborn Screening Specimens,
Health Insurance Nondiscrimination,
Other Lines of Insurance Nondiscrimination,
Privacy,
Research
This bill creates the Genetic Bill of RIghts. Genetic information is declared the exclusive property of the individual from whom the information is obtained. The bill also prohibits disclosure of genetic information without informed written consent. The bill excludes newborn screening blood specimens from the definition of genetic information. The bill also excludes research from consent requirements when genetic information is held by particular entities if the information is confidential research information for use in epidemiological or clinical research conducted for the purpose of generating scientific knowledge about genes or learning about the genetic basis of disease or for developing pharmaceutical and other treatments of disease. Measure failed.

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