Genetics and the Law (SC)

Section 1ZO, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/16
Credits: 1

Course Description

This course will explore various legal/policy issues arising in the context of modern, constantly evolving, genetics and genomics. No prior scientific knowledge is required!. We will shortly review the history of genetics in the United States, with attention to the incorporation of eugenic concepts into the law. Other sessions will survey the following cutting-edge topics: Genetics in the public sphere - newborn screening, DNA biobanks, population screening; genetic privacy and information control - including premarital genetic testing/screening; GINA and other genetic anti-discrimination laws related to employment and insurance; reproductive issues, including non-medical sex selection; the implications of novel genetic technologies in medical treatment (e.g., gene editing, cloning, embryonic stem cells);Torts and the Double Helix - malpractice and genetics.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to write a paper that will be due via EXPO upload no later than two weeks after last class session at noon (EST).

Other Work

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