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​Genetic Discrimination

updated: June 28, 2022

Definition

Genetic discrimination. Genetic discrimination refers to the unequal treatment of individuals based on an aspect of their genetic code or genome, such as the risk for genetic disorder. Genetic discrimination can involve such genomic information being used against individuals in a variety of circumstances, such as employment, health or disability, insurance status, or education, or health care.



Narration

Genetic discrimination. Genetic discrimination occurs when a person is treated in an unjust manner because of their genetic makeup. Many are concerned that without monitoring or evidence of genetic discrimination, it can occur in our daily lives. There are state and federal laws to protect individuals from genetic discrimination in health insurance and employment.

Vence Bonham
Vence L. Bonham Jr., J.D.

Acting Deputy Director

National Human Genome Research Institute