States jump into the act

WASHINGTON - Last September, the Biotechnology Industry Organization managed to persuade New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman to veto a bill on genetic privacy after the legislature had passed it unanimously. The biotech industry was concerned that a provision granting intellectual property rights to genetic information to individuals could hinder biomedical research (see BioCentury Sept. 23, 1996).The intellectual property provisions were removed and the genetic privacy legislation signed into law

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