Will your clothing spy on you?: A scholar warns of the potential for wearable technology to annihilate privacy for good.

Fortune, February 13, 2014
David Whitford, on I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

[...] Like it or not, we have entered the era of assumed ubiquitous snooping, and we have not begun to parse the implications. That was my takeaway from Cohen's lecture, "The Ethicist's and the Lawyer's New Clothes: The Law and Ethics of Smart Clothes," which will be available for free…

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Religious groups to back Obamacare contraceptive mandate: Face dilemma over freedom, government rules on women

Washington Post, February 4, 2014
Tom Howell, Jr. quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Petrie-Flom Executive Director)

[...] In its filing, the AJC said the case presents a rare instance in which they see a clash between religious liberty and the equal rights of women. They said the government’s mandate ultimately promotes women’s health “in the least restrictive means available.” …

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Too good to be true?: Obamacare's religious ministries exemption

NBC News, February 3, 2014
Zac Bissonnette, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

[...] The ministries are not regulated for solvency, said I. Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics. "They can go bankrupt. If it gets too many claims and they can't pay them, [it's] 'too…

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Ethics and Ontology in Deep Brain Stimulation

Neuroscience, January 30, 2014
Michael J. Young (Petrie-Flom Student Fellow)

Rapid advancements in the fields of neurology and neuroscience over the past decade have enabled unprecedented progress toward the development of brain-modulating technologies and therapeutics. Central to these advancements are cross-disciplinary translational research efforts to engineer systems…

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The Ethicist’s and the Lawyer’s New Clothes: The Law and Ethics of Smart Clothes

Radcliffe Institute Science Lecture Series, 5:00pm
I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | 5 PM Sheerr Room, Fay House 10 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138 From enhanced exosuits for members of the armed services to clothing that spies on you, this lecture will focus on legal and ethical issues pertaining to the future of smart clothes.

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Petrie-Flom Center Seeks Harvard Law School Student Interns for Winter/Spring 2014

Petrie-Flom Center

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is seeking student interns to start immediately and serve during the winter and spring terms beginning in January 2014. We may consider extension through Summer 2014 if there is mutual interest. …

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Legal Aspects of Biobanking as Key Issues for Personalized Medicine & Translational Exploitation

Timo Minssen (Petrie-Flom Visiting Scholar) and Jens Schovsbo

Abstract: This perspective-article provides an overview on selected legal aspects of biobanking. It discusses these issues with a focus on public biobanks in a university setting and the specific challenges posed by personalized medicine (PM). We conclude that any decisions as…

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NEW BOOK: Science and Technology in International Economic Law: Balancing Competing Interests

Routledge, 2014
Bryan Mercurio and Kuei-Jung Ni (Petrie-Flom Visiting Scholar), editors

Science and technology plays an increasingly important role in the continued development of international economic law. This book brings together well-known and rising scholars to explore the status and interaction of science, technology and international economic law. The book reviews the place of…

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Supreme Court Position on Obamacare Birth Control Mandate a Tough Call

Washington Times, December 25, 2013
Tom Howell, Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch

[...] "It also probably will not matter that three of the court’s justices - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan - are female, even if the case involves the coverage of contraceptive services that are used by women, said Holly Lynch, a health…

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Defining mental illnesses: can values and objectivity get along?

BMC Psychiatry 13:346, December 24, 2013
Dominic Sisti, Michael Young (PFC Student Fellow), and Arthur Caplan

Abstract Background The creation of each edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of psychiatry has proven enormously controversial. The current effort to revise the ‘bible’ of disorder definitions for the field of mental health is no exception. The controversy…

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Past sperm and egg donors split on losing anonymity

Reuters, December 21, 2013
Shereen Jegtvig, quoting I. Glenn Cohen

[...] The ethical considerations of egg and sperm donor anonymity are complicated, researchers said. "Those in favor of non-anonymity or mandatory identification rules tend to argue from the perspective of the rights of the child that's born and talk about the right to know your genetic…

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These Two Americans Want Babies Through Indian Surrogates.: It's Not Been Easy.

The New Republic, December 10, 2013
Jennifer Kirby, citing I. Glenn Cohen

[...] An estimated 2,000 foreign babies are born to Indian surrogates each year, according to research in the forthcoming book Patients With Passports: Medical Tourism, Ethics, and Law, by Harvard law professor I.…

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Harvard Law School to Host Conference on Food Safety Law

Food Safety News, December 10, 2013
James Andrews

The Petrie-Flom Center's upcoming conference "New Directions for Food Safety: The Food Safety Modernization Act and Beyond," which will be held at Harvard Law School on Friday, February 21, 2014, was…

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Do Fixed Patent Terms Distort Innovation?: Evidence from Cancer Clinical Trials

Public Health Law & Policy e-Journal 5, no. 64, December 4, 2013
Eric B. Budish, Benjamin N. Roin, and Heidi Williams

Abstract: Patents award innovators a fixed period of market exclusivity, e.g., 20 years in the United States. Yet, since in many industries firms file patents at the time of discovery ("invention") rather than first sale ("commercialization"), effective patent terms vary: inventions…

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Petrie-Flom Center to collaborate with Harvard Catalyst: on second Clinical and Translational Science Award

Official Press Release:  Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics will launch a novel Ethics and Law initiative as part of the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard…

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The Jurisdiction of the D.C. Circuit

Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2013
Eric M. Fraser, David K. Kessler, Matthew J.B. Lawrence, and Stephen Calhoun

Abstract: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is unique among federal courts. It is well known for its unusual caseload, which is disproportionally weighted toward administrative law. What explains the unusual caseload? This Article explores the inputs into the D.C.…

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Now Available: Bioethical Prescriptions: To Create, End, Choose, and Improve Lives

Oxford University Press, 2013
Frances Kamm

Bioethical Prescriptions collects Frances M. Kamm's articles on bioethics, which…

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Announcing the New Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2014
Petrie-Flom Center and HLS, Duke University, and Stanford University

The Petrie-Flom Center and Harvard Law School are delighted to announce our partnership with Duke University, Stanford University, and Oxford University Press to launch a new peer-reviewed, open access, online journal in 2014: Journal…

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Supreme Court to decide Obamacare birth control mandate

Washington Times, November 26, 2013
Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch

[...] Ms. Lynch said the outcome is a particularly hard one to predict. But she thinks the court will dispense with the constitutional claims and focus more heavily on religious-freedom protection in RFRA. …

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VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE: Stem Cell Therapies:: Opportunities for Assuring the Quality and Safety of Unregulated Clinical Offerings

Institute of Medicine, November 18, 2013
Co-organized by I. Glenn Cohen

Stem cells hold tremendous potential to advance health and medicine. Through replacement of damaged cells and organs or supporting intrinsic repair, stem cell offer promising treatments for debilitating diseases and conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and spinal cord injury. Currently,…

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