Genetics and the Law



SLN #: 77870
Course Prefix: LAW-617
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Marchant;Lindor

Course Description:
Many commentators predict that the 21st Century will be the Century of the Genome, in which advances in genetic technology will fundamentally transform society, the economy, and our day-to-day lives. Already, advances in genetic sciences are having a substantial impact on diverse areas such as criminal law, health care, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals. The legal system is increasingly being called upon to address issues related to genetics, and many legislators, judges, regulators, and practicing attorneys are scrambling to learn about the new legal problems and opportunities created by advances in genetic sciences. This course will provide students with background on genetics and recent genetic advances, and it will address the legal consequences and issues associated with such advances. Specific legal topics that will be covered include forensic uses of DNA, genetic privacy and confidentiality, genetic discrimination in employment and insurance, genetic testing in the workplace, genetic screening, gene therapy and genetic enhancement, pharmacogenomics, stem cell and tissue culture research, cloning, and patenting and licensing of genetic technology. No prior study or knowledge of genetics or molecular biology is required. The readings will include materials presenting the fundamental ideas of modern genetics.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: Research Paper
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Final Exam Given: No
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Online Course Site: Blackboard