UHLC’s Prof Roberts explains genetic law in congressional briefing  

Jessica Roberts
Jessica Roberts

Oct. 3, 2014 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica L. Roberts today participated in a wide-ranging congressional briefing on advances in genetic technology and its implications for the public.

Roberts discussed legal protections under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act which prohibits the use of genetic information in health insurance and employment.  A recognized authority on GINA, Roberts has written extensively about genetic-information discrimination and spoken to audiences across the country. 

The briefing on personal genetics began with an update on research under way to curb the ongoing Ebola outbreak and continued with the panel of experts in various fields discussing “Personal genetics, GINA, and visions for the future: science, medicine, bioethics, and law.”

The briefing was part of a series designed to inform the public about developments in personal genetics and how they will affect their everyday lives.  The briefings are organized by the Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd) at Harvard Medical School in cooperation with the offices of U.S. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-NY, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA.