Academic Fellow W. Nicholson Price II Appointed Asst. Professor at UNH School of Law

Petrie-Flom Center, March 13, 2014

Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Nicholson Price has been appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he will research and teach on intellectual property, innovation policy, and…

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2014 Annual Conference:
Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy

Saturday, May 03, 2014
Conferences
2013-2014
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

We've increased our registration limit! Register here. Conference DescriptionRichard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein's book Nudge: Improving Decisions About…

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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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Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) Soliciting Commentaries

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) Soliciting Commentaries

Deadline: May 05, 2014

Journal of Law and the Biosciences is pleased to solicit Peer Commentaries for the following articles: The Regulation of Cognitive Enhancement Devices, by Hannah Maslen, Thomas Douglas, Roi Cohen Kadosh, Neil Levy,…

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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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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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Alzheimer’s Blood Test Raises Ethical Questions

NPR, March 9, 2014
by Jon Hamilton

An experimental blood test can identify people in their 70s who are likely to develop Alzheimer's disease within two or three years. The test is accurate more than 90 percent…

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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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Frances Kamm’s Bioethical Prescriptions:
Book Talk and Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2013-2014
Wasserstein Hall 1019
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

We hosted this book talk and panel discussion for Professor Frances Kamm's latest book, Bioethical Prescriptions: To Create, End, Choose, and…

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The First Issue of Journal of Law and Biosciences Is Now Available!

Petrie-Flom Center, February 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the first issue of Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) is now available online. The articles are: Knoppers, Bartha M., Edward S. Dove, &…

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Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome

NPR, February 26, 2014
by Rob Stein

A new blood test offers pregnant women a safe and much more accurate way to screen for Down syndrome. A study that evaluated the test in 1,914 pregnancies found that…

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Health Law Workshop: I. Glenn Cohen

Monday, February 17, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2013-2014
Hauser 105
1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Professor Cohen's papers, "What (if anything) is Wrong with Human Enhancement? What (if anything) is Right With It?" and "This Is…

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Della Wolf is B.C.‘s 1st child with 3 parents on birth certificate:

CBC News, February 10, 2014
by Catherine Rolfsen

A Vancouver baby has just become the first child in British Columbia with three parents listed on a birth certificate. Three-month-old Della Wolf Kangro Wiley Richards is the daughter of…

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Ethics Questions Arise as Genetic Testing of Embryos Increases

New York Times, February 3, 2014
by Gina Kolata

[...]  Genetic testing of embryos has been around for more than a decade, but its use has soared in recent years as methods have improved and more disease-causing genes have…

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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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Harvard Scientists Say Research Subjects Should See Data

Bloomberg Technology, January 23, 2014
by John Lauerman

People who give blood or other tissues for research should be able to track their use through the scientific process to see the data their activities or samples generate, Harvard…

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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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I Had My DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results

New York Times, December 30, 2013
by Kira Peikoff

[...] I turned to genetic testing, but I wondered if I could trust the nascent field to give me reliable results. In recent years, a handful of studies have found…

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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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Anne Wojcicki Speaks Out About the F.D.A. Crackdown on 23andMe

New York Times, December 4, 2013
by Claire Cain Miller

Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and chief executive of 23andMe, the genetic testing company backed by Google, spoke Tuesday night for the first time about the Food and Drug Administration’s crackdown on her company. The…

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Now Available: Bioethical Prescriptions:

Oxford University Press, 2013
by Frances Kamm

Bioethical Prescriptions collects Frances M. Kamm's articles on bioethics, which have appeared over the last twenty-five years and which have made her among the most influential philosophers in this area. Kamm is…

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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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Disabled baby denied heart transplant

CNN, November 30, 2013
by Elizabeth Cohen

The mood in the room was somber as five doctors, a nurse, and a social worker pulled their chairs around the table and turned to address Autumn Chenkus and Charlie…

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FDA warns Google-backed 23andMe to halt sales of genetic tests

Reuters, November 25, 2013
by Toni Clarke and Sharon Begley

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned 23andMe, a company backed by Google Inc, to halt sales of its genetic tests because they have not received regulatory clearance. 23andMe, which was…

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Genes without Patents

Harvard Gazette, November 14, 2013
by Alvin Powell, featuring I. Glenn Cohen

As Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan questioned Myriad Genetics’ attorney about patenting genes, Chris Hansen rejoiced. The attorney said that yes, genes should be patentable. But it was only under…

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Alzheimer’s risk before symptoms:

CNN, November 9, 2013
by Elizabeth Landau

[...] to set up human experiments aimed at prevention, researchers need to identify a whole new category of patient: Those in the "preclinical" stage of Alzheimer's. By performing brain scans…

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Massive DNA volunteer hunt begins

BBC News, November 6, 2013
by James Gallagher

The UK Personal Genome Project could provide a massive free tool for scientists to further understanding of disease and human genetics. Participants will get an analysis of their DNA, but so will…

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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering

by Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel challenges the idea of perfecting human beings and explores moral issues arising from attempts to enhance people using genetic engineering technology. 

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The Inevitability of Genetic Enhancement Technologies

Bioethics
by Francoise Baylis & Jason Robert

The authors outline a number of ethical objections to genetic enhancement of human capacities and argue that they are unconvincing.

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Liberal Eugenics: In Defence of Human Enhancement

by Nicholas Agar

This book seeks to defuse public anxieties about the use of genetic technology to enhance human capacities and defends the idea that parents should be allowed to enhance their children's…

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The Food and Drug Administration in the 21st Century:
The 2013 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference

Friday, May 03, 2013 - May 4, 2013
Conferences
2012-2013
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC, Harvard Law School
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Conference DescriptionThe Food and Drug Administration, the US government’s oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency, bears the monumental task of safeguarding…

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Personalized Medicine Patenting

Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Lectures and Panels
2012-2013
Austin Hall 111, Harvard Law School
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Pharmaceutical researchers pursue medical treatment and diagnostic methods to target diseases specific to certain demographic groups. Such pursuit is often motivated…

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Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, February 01, 2013
Lectures and Panels
2012-2013
Wasserstein Hall 2036, Milstein East C, Harvard Law School
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2012 was an historic year for health law, with the Supreme Court issuing the final word on the constitutionality of…

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