2014-2015 Student Fellowship Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Petrie-Flom Center, Deadline: May 19, 2014, 9:00am

The Center and Student Fellowship.  The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics is an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to the scholarly research of important…

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2014-2015 Student Fellowship

2014-2015 Student Fellowship
Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Deadline: May 19, 2014

The Center and Student Fellowship.  The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics is an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to the scholarly research of important issues at the intersection…

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AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE: Biostatistics and FDA Regulation:
The Convergence of Science and Law

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2013-2014
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Symposium Presented by the Drug Information Association (DIA), the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and…

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Hot Topics at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues:
Plus Q&A on Careers in Law and Bioethics!

Friday, April 11, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2013-2014
Pound Hall 100
1563 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

This event featured an update from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues delivered by Michelle Groman (HLS '05), Associate Director at the…

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The Presumption Against Expensive Health Care Consumption

Tulsa Law Review, Vol. 49, Forthcoming, 2014
by Christopher T. Robertson (Affiliate Faculty)

This essay, as part of a symposium in honor of Professor Einer Elhauge, starts with his recognition that, for both epistemic and normative reasons, it remains profoundly difficult to regulate…

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Google Glass embraced at Beth Israel Deaconess:

Boston Globe, April 9, 2014
by Callum Borchers

Dr. Steven Horng launched a Google Glass pilot program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center late last year because he thought the futuristic device could help save lives. One night…

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Welcome 2014-2016 Academic Fellow Rachel Sachs!

Petrie-Flom Center, April 17, 2014

The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to announce the new 2014-2016 Academic Fellow, Rachel Sachs. Rachel earned her J.D. in 2013 magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was the Articles Chair of…

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Make it Work!:

Harvard Law Review 128, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Co-Director)

This short essay is part of a Harvard Law Review Symposium honoring Justice Breyer on his 20th Year on The Supreme Court. It examines Breyer's opinions and impact on the…

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Health Law Workshop: Hank Greely

Monday, March 24, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2013-2014
Hauser 105
1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Download excerpts from Hank Greely's new book, The End of Sex: The Future of Human Reproduction, here. Hank Greely is Director for the Center…

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Welcome to New Senior Law and Ethics Associate Robin Pierce!

Petrie-Flom Center, March 14, 2014

On March 3, 2014, Dr. Robin Pierce joined the Petrie-Flom Center as Senior Law and Ethics Associate as part of the research team working on Petrie-Flom's collaboration with Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard…

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An Interview with I. Glenn Cohen on Law and Bioscience

OUP Blog, March 14, 2014

There are huge changes taking place in the world of biosciences, and whether it's new discoveries in stem cell research, new reproductive technologies, or genetics being used to make predictions…

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China Cracks Down on DNA Testing

Forbes, March 3, 2014
by Shu-Ching Jean Chen

Genetic testing has grown to be a business big enough in China to warrant the government’s intervention. Early in February, the government quietly put the brakes on the provision of…

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A Powerful New Way to Edit DNA

New York Times, March 3, 2014
by Andrew Pollack

In the late 1980s, scientists at Osaka University in Japan noticed unusual repeated DNA sequences next to a gene they were studying in a common bacterium. They mentioned them in…

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Rare Mutation Kills Off Gene Responsible for Diabetes

New York Times, March 2, 2014
by Gina Kolata

A new study based on genetic testing of 150,000 people has found a rare mutation that protects even fat people from getting Type 2 diabetes. The effect is so pronounced…

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The “Problem” with the European Problem/Solution Approach to Inventive Step

Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, Wegner's Writings, February 24, 2014
by Harold C. Wegner, reviewing Timo Minssen (Petrie-Flom Visiting Scholar)

From the review: Patent applicants seeking to gain global patent protection beyond their home country borders need a better comparative knowledge of key elements of the patent laws of the several…

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Patent Trolling:

by Robin Feldman and W. Nicholson Price II (Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow)

Abstract: Patent trolls — also known variously as non-practicing entities, patent assertion entities, and patent monetizers — are a top priority on legislative and regulatory reform agendas. In the modern…

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Will your clothing spy on you?:

Fortune, February 13, 2014
by 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,…

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FDA Approves Pill Camera to Screen Colon

ABC News, February 3, 2014
by Matthew Perrone

A kinder, gentler approach to one of the most dreaded exams in medicine is on the way: U.S. regulators have cleared a bite-size camera to help screen patients who have…

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Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 31, 2014 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2013-2014
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B & C
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Watch Event Recordings

Video of this conference is now available at online! (See below for links to specific panels.) At our second Annual Health…

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Ethics and Ontology in Deep Brain Stimulation

Neuroscience, January 30, 2014
by 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…

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60 million people will get new Google Glass frames covered by insurance

by Dan Gorenstein

It’s a big day for Google Glass. The tech giant has announced a deal with VSP, the country’s largest optic health insurance provider to cover frames for Google Glass. The company…

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Genetic Weapon Against Insects Raises Hope and Fear in Farming

New York Times, January 27, 2014
by Andrew Pollack

Scientists and biotechnology companies are developing what could become the next powerful weapon in the war on pests — one that harnesses a Nobel Prize-winning discovery to kill insects and…

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Petrie-Flom Center Hiring New Project Coordinator

by Petrie-Flom Center

Reporting to the Petrie-Flom Center’s Executive Director and working closely with the Center’s Administrative Director, Faculty Co-Directors, and other staff, the Project Coordinator will support the Center’s work on the…

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The Ethicist’s and the Lawyer’s New Clothes:

Radcliffe Institute Science Lecture Series, 5:00pm
by 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…

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

by 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…

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

by 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…

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NEW BOOK: Science and Technology in International Economic Law:

Routledge, 2014
by 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…

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Clots Tied to Heart Pump Open Debate on Risks Patients Face in Trials

New York Times, December 9, 2013
by Barry Meier

A new report showing an increase in blood clots associated with a popular heart device is dividing experts over whether a clinical trial of the implant is potentially too risky…

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Insurers Question Health Benefits Of Some Genetic Tests

Kaiser Health News, December 10, 2013
by Michelle Andrews

The day when a simple blood test or saliva sample can identify your risk for medical conditions ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease seems tantalizingly close. But while advances in…

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Petrie-Flom Center to collaborate with Harvard Catalyst

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…

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Health Law Workshop: Christopher Robertson

Monday, December 02, 2013 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2013-2014
Hauser 105
1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Professor Roberts's readings, "Scaling Cost-Sharing to Wages" and "A Presumption against Expensive Healthcare Consumption," are not available online. Please email Kaitlin Burroughs at…

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Announcing the New Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2014
by 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…

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Responsibility and Integrity in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2013-2014
Hauser 104
1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Watch Event Recordings

Video of this event is now available online: The Petrie-Flom Center hosted a lecture by Neil Flanzraich on responsible pricing strategy, access…

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Health Law Workshop: Aaron Kesselheim

Monday, November 18, 2013 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2013-2014
Hauser 105
1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Professor Kesselheim's paper, "Do March-In Rights Protect Public Interests in Medical Products Arising from Federally-Funded Research?", is not available online. Please…

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New Scrutiny for Medical Devices

New York Times, November 18, 2013
by RONI CARYN RABIN

Wayne Schneider’s heart stopped beating late last year while the Minneapolis paramedic was out on an emergency call. Another medic performed CPR for a few minutes, and then used a…

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Health and Food Law Opportunities at Harvard Law School

Friday, November 15, 2013 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2013-2014
Wasserstein Hall 3019
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

1Ls and 2Ls will have the opportunity to learn more about different classes and extracurricular activities available at Harvard Law…

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In a Bean, a Boon to Biotech

New York Times, November 15, 2013
by Andrew Pollack

A new federal push to purge artery-clogging trans fats from foods could be just what the doctor ordered — not only for public health but for the unpopular biotechnology industry,…

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Livestream of Sessions from the 2013 International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

Friday, November 08, 2013 12:15-2:15 PM and 4:30-6:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2013-2014
Petrie-Flom Center Conference Room
23 Everett St., Room 302, Cambridge, MA

The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to host a live webstream of sessions from the International Neuroethics Society's 2013 Annual Meeting.…

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When Less Information is Better:
Blinding as a Solution to Institutional Corruption

Friday, November 01, 2013 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Conferences
2013-2014
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University presents a multidisciplinary symposium to examine potential solutions to institutional…

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GMO food fight brings in big bucks in Washington state

Al Jazeera America, October 28, 2013
by Michael Ames

A bitter fight in Washington state over whether to label foods with ingredients that have been genetically modified has attracted tens of millions of dollars in spending, more than $27…

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Pharma manufacturing woes dog industry

Chemistry World, October 23, 2013
by Sarah Moulton, quoting W. Nicholson Price II

[...] While many of these problems arise from quality control failures, according to Nicholson Price from Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom centre for health law policy, biotechnology and bioethics, this is not the…

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Chris Hansen on “Dis-Owning Nature: The BRCA Gene Patents and the Supreme Court”

Program on Science, Technology, & Society at HKS, November 12, 2013
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen as a discussant

ABOUT THE SPEAKER Chris Hansen joined the ACLU in 1973. He spent 10 years at the NYCLU specializing in complex litigation seeking reform of the mental retardation and mental health…

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Dick Cheney: Heart implant attack was credible

BBC News, October 21, 2013

Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president, has revealed that he had his heart implant modified for fear of terrorist attack. Mr Cheney's doctor disabled the heart defibrillator's wireless function in…

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HLS Panel Discusses Gene Patents

The Harvard Crimson, September 24, 2013
by Andrew Ma

"Panelists at Monday’s discussion about the recent Supreme Court decision against gene patenting agreed that although patenting might provide incentives to aspiring innovators, it often hinders scientific progress, especially when…

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Health Policy Brief:

HealthAffairs Blog, October 10, 2013
by Chris Fleming

A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explains key elements of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), a provision of the Affordable Care Act.…

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At Harvard Law School, a panel ponders the effects of the Court’s ruling on gene patenting

Spotlight at Harvard Law School, October 3, 2013
by Dick Dahl

Experts in the fields of law, science, and technology gathered at Harvard Law School Sept. 23 for a panel discussion, co-sponsored by the Broad Institute of MIT and HLS' Petrie-Flom…

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Apply for 2014 Petrie-Flom Academic Fellowship

PURPOSE: The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics is an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to scholarly research at the intersection of law and health…

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Glowing plant project on Kickstarter sparks debate about regulation of DNA modification

The Washington Post, October 3, 2013
by Ariana Eunjung Cha

Hunkered down in a converted shipping container stationed in a San Francisco parking lot, three young entrepreneurs are tinkering with the DNA of ordinary plants in the hopes of being…

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Petrie-Flom Center Annual Open House

Monday, September 23, 2013 6:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2013-2014
Austin West Rotunda, Harvard Law School
1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Come learn more about what the Petrie-Flom Center does and how you can get involved at this gathering for faculty,…

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Gene Patenting, the Supreme Court’s Myriad Decision, and the Future of Biotechnology:
A Panel Discussion

Monday, September 23, 2013 4:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2013-2014
Austin 100, Harvard Law School
1515 Massachusetts Ave. , Cambridge, MA
Watch Event Recordings

Moderated by Dean Martha Minow of Harvard Law School, this panel will focus on the impact of the Supreme Court's recent…

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