Genetics and The Law

In this seminar, we will examine the complex ethical and legal issues arising out of the remarkable advances in the genomic sciences over the past fifty years, particularly knowledge gained from the mapping of the human genome. We will begin by examining the legal issues raised by the use of genetics in medicine, including genetic testing, reproductive technologies, genetic screening, and genetic therapy. We will then examine legal issues raised by genetic research and the commercialization of that research. In the latter part of the course, we will explore the use of genetic information in non-medical areas, such as criminal law, employment, and privacy. The primary focus of the course will be legal issues related to the human genome, (not animal or plant), with an emphasis on American law.


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