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Spring 2013
5367 Biotechnology & the Law - EVANS- 38544

Professor(s): Barbara Evans (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Health Law 
Intellectual Property and Information Law

Time: 4:00p-5:30p  MW  Location: 209  BLB

Course Outline: BIOTECHNOLOGY AND LAW examines ethical, legal, and policy issues surrounding new medical technologies, such as gene therapy, genetic tests, pharmacogenomics, and other technologies that have flowed from the Human Genome Project; cellular and tissue-based products, including products derived from stem cells; applications of nanotechnology in medicine; and combination products that combine the action of drugs, biologics and/or medical devices. The course examines efforts now underway to develop appropriate regulatory frameworks to ensure the safety and efficacy of these products and to protect patients from excessive claims about what these technologies can do. It also examines ethical issues with stem-cell research, tissue banking, genetic databases, and genome-wide association studies and explores key policy decisions that will need to be made in coming years to ensure appropriate incentives for research and commercialization of biotechnologies. The course includes some scientific content to enhance understanding of the legal and ethical issues; however, no previous scientific background is required.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus pdf

Course Notes:   "There is no casebook for this course. Students will be provided with sets of reading materials for the course."

Prerequisites: No  

First Day Assignments: Read International Dairy Foods Ass'n v. Amestoy pdf

Final Exam Schedule: 05/06 6-9pm  144 TU2  121 TU2  

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Exam: Yes

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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