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Human Genome News Archive Edition
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HGP and the Private Sector
In the News
Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
Web, Publications, Resources
Meeting Calendars & Acronyms
Bridging the Gap Between Life Insurer and Consumer in the Genetic Testing Era
Indiana Law Journal Article
"Bridging the Gap Between Life Insurer and Consumer in the Genetic Testing Era: The RF Proposal," by Christopher Keefer (Barrett Law), is on the Web. Published in the Indiana Law Journal in 1999, the article deals with stresses between life insurers and consumers in light of newly available genetic information that can reveal predispositions and presymptomatic conditions. Consumers fear unfair discrimination based on their genetic profiles, and insurers think applicants may conceal such data to attain higher coverage or a more favorable premium rate. Keefer discusses government response to this dilemma and proposes a solution based on risk factors.
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The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international 13-year effort, 1990 to 2003. Primary goals were to discover the complete set of human genes and make them accessible for further biological study, and determine the complete sequence of DNA bases in the human genome. See Timeline for more HGP history.
Published from 1989 until 2002, this newsletter facilitated HGP communication, helped prevent duplication of research effort, and informed persons interested in genome research.