WASHINGTON - New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman has issued a "conditional veto" of a bill on genetic privacy as a result of objections raised by the pharmaceutical industry and biomedical researchers last week. The action came days after BIO raised similar issues in a congressional hearing on pending federal genetic privacy legislation.

The New Jersey bill, which was passed unanimously by both houses of the state legislature, was returned to lawmakers with Whitman's suggestions for amendments, which include elimination of language according individuals a property right over their DNA.