Genes and Jobs

Screening workers for defects

The question was bizarre, and the reply was startling to say the least. Congress wanted to know whether U.S. firms might be interested in examining the genes of workers and job applicants. The lawmakers had assumed that such arcane examinations were still years away, but last week they discovered that in the case of certain firms, the future is already here. A total of 59 major companies that responded to an initial Congressional Office of Technology Assessment survey begun last March said they may start screening genes within five years. Six firms revealed they were already engaging in...

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