Law and Ethics of Biotechnology

Section 1SP, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 18/24
Credits: 3

Course Description

This class is designed to provide a survey of the legal and ethical issues involved in biotechnology. In a format that is accessible to students with no scientific background (but interesting for those who do), we will review the historical roots of biotechnology and its applications for human health and the environment and its regulation –or lack of regulation (both in the United States and internationally). This will include a review of how intellectual property rules affect the development of new products. We’ll start with existing technologies, examining issues ranging from food and drug regulation (including the newly topical issues of vaccine development and global health), clinical trials, genetic engineering, assisted reproductive technology, telemedicine, and stem cell development/regulation to the commercialization of the human body. During the latter part of the course we will focus on emerging technologies (e.g. brain initiatives, gene drives, the microbiome and applications of artificial intelligence) and the work of NIH’s NExTRAC regarding those technologies (Professor Riley is a member).

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.
Final Exam Notes:

Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

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.

General Information

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Health Law
Public Syllabus Link: None
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