Genetics and the Law (SC)

Section 1, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 4/18
Credits: 2

Course Description

This course will explore various legal/policy issues arising 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. 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., newborn screening, 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 open to grad students from other UVA faculties.

Course Requirements

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Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: This Short Course meets from August 26 through September 11. 

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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