Law and Genetics

This class provides an opportunity to examine the process by which law responds to rapid changes in scientific knowledge and technology and also the ways in which law affects the course of scientific development. In addition to gaining a perspective on this interaction between the development of law and science, the course aims to give students an understanding of the wide range of legal and policy issues involving genetics. These include topics in criminal law and procedure, employment and insurance discrimination, privacy, health and medicine, reproductive technologies, intellectual property, and environmental and food safety, and torts. In addition to traditional in-class discussion of the reading materials, we will watch and discuss the film GATTACA, which depicts a future world of genetically-engineered enhanced humans.