Spring 2014
    Law No.: LAW7612
    Sched. No.: 114218984

Genetics and the Law (SC)
Section 1
Siegal, Gil

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):MTWRF, 1600-1750 (WB119)
Credits:2Type:Lecture - short course
Capacity:20 **This information is current as of 04/18/2014 06:15:33 AM**
Current Enrollment:11 **This information is current as of 04/18/2014 06:15:33 AM**

Course Description:

This short course meets Monday-Friday, 4:00-5:50 p.m., January 27-February 13.

This course will explore various legal/policy issues that arise in the context of the new genetic technologies. The initial sessions will introduce the basic biology of human genetics and the objectives of the Human Genome Project. No prior knowledge is required. We will review the history of genetics in the United States, with particular attention to the incorporation of “eugenic” concepts into the law, as well as the state and federal cases in which those concepts were challenged. The remaining sessions will survey the following topical areas: genetic privacy, including questions of family's rights to genetic information, genetic anti-discrimination law related to employment and insurance; reproductive issues, including genetic enhancement (“gene doping”) and non-medical sex selection; the implications of novel genetic technologies in medical treatment (e.g., reproductive or therapeutic cloning, the use of embryonic stem cells), public health initiatives and/or research (e.g., pharmacogenomis, population screening); malpractice and genetics; and the use of DNA as a unique identifier, particularly in the forensic context. The class will include the participation of guest faculty from health science disciplines and an evening event with the medical school.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Attendance at all class sessions is expected