Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: NCSL

Pennsylvania Joins Growing List of States to License Genetic Counselors

Jennifer K. Wagner, J.D., Ph.D., is a solo-practicing attorney in State College, PA and a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Integration of Genetic Healthcare Technologies. On December 22, 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly adopted two bills (H.B. 332 and H.B. 333) to amend the commonwealth’s Medical Practice Act of 1985 (P.L. […]

Considering the Impact of Yet Another Proposal for Genetic Legislation

Last month we examined Massachusetts’ proposed Genetic Bill of Rights. Last week, we looked at a similar proposal to expand individuals’ property and privacy rights in genetic information proposed in the Vermont legislature. Today, we head west to California to examine another piece of recently introduced genetic legislation. A New Padilla Proposal. The California proposal […]

A Closer Look at Biobanking of Newborn Blood Spots

Under established state public health programs, hospitals nationwide collect blood samples from the majority of the more than 4 million U.S. newborns each year to screen for genetic and metabolic disorders.  This is widely viewed as a valuable program that can lead to early diagnosis and treatment of potentially serious conditions and is normally controversial […]