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Privacy bill for DNA tests stalls in House committee

A bill that would protect the privacy of a Utahn's DNA testing was stalled in a legislative committee Thursday.

The proposal would have required prior written consent from the patient before genetic information could be given out. It also prohibited insurance companies and employers from discriminating on the base of genetic tests.HB271, sponsored by Rep. Nora Stephens, R-Sunset, was held by the House Health and Human Services Standing Committee, which recommended the proposal be sent to an interim committee for more study.

Some scientists and doctors have expressed concern the legislation would impede genetic research.

Members of the committee praised Stephens for bringing the "important" piece of legislation to lawmakers.