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February 10, 2000
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President Clinton signed an executive order prohibiting the government from using genetic information in hiring or promotion decisions. The order prevents federal employers from requesting or requiring that employees undergo genetic tests and using genetic information to classify employees in such a way that may deprive them of advancement opportunities. Studies have shown that certain mutations of the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 breast cancer genes occur with higher frequency in Ashkenazi Jewish women.

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