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Reproduction Genetics Tech & Law (LAW-719O-001)
This course aims to introduce participants to the many ways in which the legal system has had an impact on, and is helping shape, the revolutionary scientific advances in the reproductive and genetic technologies, together with the ethical and societal concerns they raise. Since the birth of the world’s first IVF baby in 1978, emerging assisted reproductive technology ("ART") and genetic advances have continually challenged existing laws and spawned the need for new ones, all while making front page news.We will examine and analyze the underlying, competing, and evolving laws, policies, and tensions arising from ART and genetic technologies. The course will focus on: the impact on existing family, health, contract, and constitutional law; and the role and potential role of regulation and regulatory agencies in overseeing ART and genetic technologies. We will also briefly address the intersection with controversial laws and policies involving abortion, personhood, and embryonic stem cell research. Participants will come away from this course with an understanding of the legal aspects of the reproductive and genetic technologies and an ability to analyze the legal dimensions of both these current and emerging technologies. Academic credit requirement: Take home exam, due 3 weeks after the course ends.
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First Class Readings
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