Babies From Skin Cells? Prospect Is Unsettling to Some Experts

New York Times, May 16, 2017
by Tamar Lewin, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article


Three prominent academics in medicine and law sounded an alarm about the possible...

Read More

Science Needs Your Cells

New York Times, April 21, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Steven Joffe

>Biospecimens are essential to medical progress, but just medical waste to patients. Let's promot... Read More

FDA Approves Marketing Of Consumer Genetic Tests For Some Conditions

NPR, April 7, 2017
by Jessica Boddy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved 23andMe's personal genetic test for some diseases...

Read More

Post-Doctoral Research Position
Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE)

Deadline: March 15, 2017

This position is available as part of the Stanford Training Program in Ethical, Legal, and Social Im...

Read More

Research Associate
Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine

Deadline: Open until filled.

Research Associat


Posting Number: 228945D
P BCM Department: Center for Medical Ethics and Health Po...

Read More

Academic Fellow Alumna Michelle N. Meyer Named in Forbes List of 10 Favorite

Forbes, December 15, 2016
by David Shaywitz

In a year characterized by the extremes of rhetoric, healthcare entrepreneurs have been blessed with...

Read More

Call for Abstracts: The Ethics of “Making Babies”
Harvard Medical School

Deadline: January 31, 2017, 5:00 PM

The use of assisted reproductive technologies raises far-reaching ethical and legal implications, ye...

Read More

Health Law Workshop: W. Nicholson Price II

Monday, October 17, 2016 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
Hauser Hall, Room 104
Harvard Law School, 1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

>Presentation: "Regulating Black-Box Medicine


This paper is not available for download. To request...

Read More

Bioethics and the Law of Reproductive Technology and Genetics

Harvard Ed Portal, Allston, MA, September 13, 2016

Genetic enhancements. Reproductive technologies. Animal-human hybrids. Through new technologies and...

Read More

Federal Government’s Proposed Expansion of Regulation of Biospecimen Research Should Be Reconsidered

Biopreservation and Biobanking, September 2016
by Christopher T. Robertson and Jonathan D. Loe

>Note: The full article is behind a paywall




In September, the U.S. Department of Health...

Read More

Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics

Petrie-Flom Center, Course begins September 6, 2016. Register now!

>Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetic


An introduction...

Read More

The GMO Labeling Fight Is Not Industry Versus Consumers

Forbes, August 26, 2016
by Steve Ansolabahere and Jacob E. Gersen (Director, Food Law Lab)

From the article


In late July, President Obama signed a bill requiring some form of labeling of fo...

Read More

Big Data Neglects Populations Most in Need of Medical and Public Health Research and Interventions

Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper, No. 16-26, August 18, 2016
by Sarah E. Malanga, Jonathan D. Loe, Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus), and Kenneth S. Ramos

Originally presented as a paper at the 2016 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference: Big Data, Health L...

Read More

The FDA is prohibited from going germline

Science, August 5, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Eli Y. Adashi

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new article in Science magazine&n...

Read More

Scientists Argue the US Ban on Human Gene Editing Will Leave It Behind

Motherboard (Vice Media), August 4, 2016
by Alex Pearlman, citing Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen's Science Paper

As the biotech revolution accelerates globally, the US could be getting left behind on key...

Read More

Project Coordinator and Research Associate
ELSI, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine

Deadline: October 03, 2016

Our ELSI Research Program, led by Dr. Amy McGuire, is seeking a project coordinator and a research a...

Read More

Preventing Mitochondrial DNA Diseases: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Journal of the American Medical Association, June 9, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Eli Y. Adashi

From the article


On February 3, 2016, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its Ethical an...

Read More

Football Players Health Study at Harvard University

Friday, June 03, 2016 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Boston University School of Law, Room 103
765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA

>Part of the 39th Annual ASLME Health Law Professors Conference. In order to attend this panel,... Read More

The Neuroethics of Biomarkers

Oxford University Press, 2016
by Matthew L. Baum (Student Fellow Alumnus)

>About the Book: 


Neuroscientists are mining nucleic acids, blood, saliva, and brain images in...

Read More

Call for Papers
The Rutgers Journal of Bioethics

Deadline: November 11, 2016



As members of the Bioethics Society of...

Read More

Health Law Workshop: Robert Cook-Deegan

Monday, April 18, 2016 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
Hauser Hall 105
Harvard Law School, 1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

>Robert Cook-Deegan is a research professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke Unive... Read More

CRISPR, Are We Ready to Rewrite the Human Genome?

ECUSA Boston, March 24, 2016
by Speaker: Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow)

Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow) was a speaker at the ECUSA Boston event "CRISPR, Are We Ready to Rewr...

Read More

New Journal of Law & Biosciences featuring Harvard student work

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB), Vol. 3, Issue 1 (April 2016)

The ;Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the open-access journal launched in 2014 by the Pe...

Read More

Fourth Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 29, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

>Couldn't attend in person? Learn more about the event

  • Learn more about the presentations -...

Read More

Princeton Journal of Bioethics: Call for Papers

Deadline: August 31, 2015

The Princeton Journal of Bioethics is currently soliciting articles for its 2015-2016 issue


We are...

Read More

Innovation Law and Policy

U. C. Davis Law Review, Forthcoming 2016
by Rachel E. Sachs

Academic Fellow Rachel E. Sachs has a new article forthcoming in 2016 on law and the future of perso...

Read More

Transatlantic Lessons in Regulation of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy

Science, April 10, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), with Eli Adashi and Julian Savulescu

>Cambridge, Mass., April 9, 2015 – A paper forthcoming on Friday in Science discusses the regul... Read More

Trio contrast approaches taken by Britain versus the US concerning mitochondrial replacement therapy

MedicalXpress, April 10, 2015
by Bob Yirka, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) et al.

>Glenn Cohen, with Harvard University, Julian Savulescu, with the University of Oxford and Eli Adashi... Read More

Is UK evaluation of reproductive tech a model for US?

MedicalXpress, April 10, 2015
by David Orenstein, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) et al.

When the United Kingdom resoundingly approved mitochondrial replacement therapy in Februar...

Read More

ReSourcing Big Data

Harvard Catalyst, March 2015

March 23: Symposiu




Joseph B. Martin Conference Cente
r Harvard Medical Schoo

Read More

The Future of Personalized Medicine

Hosted by The Future Society at the Harvard Kennedy School, January 28, 2015
by Rachel E. Sachs

On January 28, 2015, Academic Fellow Rachel E. Sachs spoke to the Future Society at the Harvard Kenn...

Read More

Law and Ethics of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

Thursday, November 06, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall, Room 3018
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

The Petrie-Flom Center hosted a discussion of the issues surrounding noninvasive prenatal testing (N...

Read More

Emerging Issues and New Frontiers for FDA Regulation

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Washington, DC

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law...

Read More

Associate Director for Research
Center for Bioethics, Geisinger Health System

Deadline: November 26, 2014

Geisinger’s initiatives in bioethics are entering a new phase of growth, spurred in part by th...

Read More

Pediatric Ethics and Genomics Fellowship
Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center and the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine

Deadline: December 15, 2014

>Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics invites applications for a one-year fellowship in Pediat...

Read More

Call for Submissions: Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Deadline: August 29, 2014

>Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) is actively soliciting original manuscripts, responses... Read More

Using Big Data To Transform Care

Health Affairs, July 9, 2014, 9:00am - 12:30pm
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The application of big data to transform health care delivery, health research, and health policy is...

Read More

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics Research
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Deadline: July 31, 2014

>Position Start Date: As negotiated with the successful applicant


Qualifications: Ph.D. or other te...

Read More

Video Now Available: What is Life?

Radcliffe Institute, May 30, 2014
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

How has knowledge of the human genome transformed the biological sciences? How should we assess the...

Read More

What is Life?

Radcliffe Institute, May 30, 2014, 4:00-5:15pm
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

>Registration is required in order to attend this event. Please register here


How has knowledge of...

Read More

Michelle N. Meyer Named to Board of Directors of

Petrie-Flom, May 1, 2014

Academic Fellow alumna ;Michelle Meyer, J.D., Ph.D., currently Assistant Professor and Director...

Read More

What (If Anything) Is Wrong with Human Enhancement? What (If Anything) Is Right with It?

Tulsa Law Review, vol. 49, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

>Abstract:  ;Should human enhancement be prohibited? Subsidized? Mandated? Taxed? 
This art... Read More

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 article.

.. Read More

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...

Read More

Health Law Workshop: Hank Greely

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

>Download excerpts from Hank Greely's new book, ;The End of Sex: The Future of Human Reproduc... Read More

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 discoverie...

Read More

Health Law Workshop: I. Glenn Cohen

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

>Professor Cohen's papers, "What (if anything) is Wrong with Human Enhancement? What (if anything...

Read More

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... Read More

Now Available: Bioethical Prescriptions

Oxford University Press, 2013
by Frances Kamm

>Bioethical Prescriptions collects Frances M. Kamm's articles on bioethics, which have... Read More

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 Un...

Read More

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 gene...

Read More

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



Chris Hansen joined the ACLU in 1973. He spent 10 years at the NYCLU specializing...

Read More

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...

Read More

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 patenti...

Read More

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
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 th...

Read More

Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics

by Oyez Project

In June 2013, the Supreme Court held that naturally occurring gene sequences and their naturally occ...

Read More

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...

Read More

Myriad Gene Patent Litigation

Genomics Law Report

This link provides several viewpoints regarding the Myriad Genetics case.

... Read More

The Inevitability of Genetic Enhancement Technologies

by Francoise Baylis & Jason Robert

The authors outline a number of ethical objections to genetic enhancement of human capacities and ar...

Read More

7 Takeaways from Supreme Court’s Gene Patent Decision

Daily News, National Geographic

Shortly after the Supreme Court ruling in Myriad, this article summarizes the implications of the de...

Read More

Gene Patents

The Hastings Center Bioethics Briefing Book
by Robert Cook-Deegan

Intended for a lay audience, this chapter outlines key issues in the debate about gene patents and s...

Read More

Patents in Genomics and Human Genetics

Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
by Robert Cook-Deegan and Christopher Heaney

This article provides a more detailed and scholarly overview of the issues.

... Read More

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 capa...

Read More

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

Friday, May 03, 2013 - May 4, 2013
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC, Harvard Law School
Watch Event Recordings

Conference Descriptio


The Food and Drug Administration, the US government’s oldest comprehen...

Read More

Debunking the Myth that Whole-Genome Sequencing Infringes Thousands of Gene Patents

Nature Biotechnology
by Christopher M. Holman

This article addresses misconceptions regarding gene patents and whole-genome sequencing.

... Read More

Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories

by Oyez Project

In this case, the Supreme Court held that the processes involved in a test for proper dosages of dru...

Read More

Personalized Medicine Patenting

Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Lectures and Panels
Austin Hall 111, Harvard Law School
Watch Event Recordings

Pharmaceutical researchers pursue medical treatment and diagnostic methods to target diseases specif...

Read More

Mayo v. Prometheus: Implications for Patents, Biotechnology, and Personalized Medicine

by Congressional Research Service

This article discusses the implications of the Mayo v. Prometheus decision, including its potential...

Read More

Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, February 01, 2013
Wasserstein Hall 2036, Milstein East C, Harvard Law School
Watch Event Recordings

2012 was an historic year for health law, with the Supreme Court issuing the final word on the const...

Read More

Cohen amicus brief discussed before Supreme Court

Supreme Court Transcript, April 15, 2013


... Read More