5367 Biotechnology & the Law - EVANS- 38544
Barbara Evans (FACULTY)
Course Areas: Health Law
Intellectual Property and Information Law
Time: 4:00p-5:30p MWLocation: 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."
First Day Assignments: Read International Dairy Foods Ass'n v. Amestoy pdf
Final Exam Schedule: 05/06 6-9pm 144 TU2 121 TU2
This course will have:
Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement: No