Specimen Science

MIT Press, October 2017
by Edited by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Barbara E. Bierer, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Suzanne M. Rivera

This edited volume stems from a ;conference in 2015 that brought together leading experts t...

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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...

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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

Addressing the ethical issues raised by synthetic human entities with embryo-like features

eLife, March 21, 2017
by John Aach, Jeantine Lunshof, Eswar Iyer, and George M. Church

On November 7, 2016, the Petrie-Flom Center hosted the conference "The Ethics of Early Embryo Resear...

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Fifth Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Monday, January 23, 2017 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

>Couldn't make it to the event? Check out some of the speakers' slides as well as blog posts... 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...

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Review of Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future

American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 16, Issue 12 (2016)
by Erin Phinney Johnson

From the review


Overall, the editors present an intriguing look at the concerns currently facing h...

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“Sperm Donor Anonymity and Compensation: An Experiment with American Sperm Donors”

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB), November 23, 2016
by Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Travis Coan, Michelle Ottey, and Christina Boyd

Prohibiting Sperm Donor Anonymity Could Reduce the Number of Donors


A new study published in the J...

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EVENT POSTPONED: HLS Library Book Talk: Charles Fried on Medical Experimentation

Harvard Law School, TBD
by featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at noo


Harvard Law School Room WCC 2036 Milstein East B/


1585 Massac...

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ORDER NOW & RECEIVE 30% OFF: Nudging Health

Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), and Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus), eds.

Abstract of the Introduction: 


This introductory chapter to the edited volume Nudging Health:...

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Rights, Nudging, and the Good of Others

16 American Journal of Bioethics 11, Published online October 17, 2016
by Luke Gelinas (Petrie-Flom/Harvard Catalyst Fellow in Clinical Research Ethics)

Luke Gelinas, the Petrie-Flom/Harvard Catalyst Fellow in Clinical Research Ethics, has a new ar...

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Issues With Tissues

16 American Journal of Bioethics 11, Published online October 17, 2016
by Emily Largent (Student Fellow Alumna)

Student Fellow Alumna Emily Largent has a new article commentary out in the American Journal of...

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Is Medical Tourism Ethical?

The Greenwall Foundation, September 2016

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director ;I. Glenn Cohe;served as a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Schol...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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A designer will grow Alexander McQueen’s skin in a lab to use for leather bags and jackets

Quartz, July 16, 2016
by Marc Bain, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Glenn Cohen, an expert on the intersection of bioethics and law at Harvard Law School, sa...

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FDA Regulations Limit Blood Donations From Gay Men

CBS San Francisco, June 14, 2016
by Holly Quan, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from the article


On World Blood Donation Day and in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting,...

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After The Orlando Massacre, Many In The LGBTQ Community Are Turned Away From Giving Blood

Greater Boston (WGBH), June 14, 2016
by Nikki Blank, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from interview


Early in the 1980's, there was a lifetime ban or deferral for any man w...

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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 -...

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Learning the wrong lesson on privacy from Henrietta Lacks

Washington Post, January 8, 2016
by Christopher Robertson (Student Fellow Alumnus) and Jonathan D. Loe

From the article


In her acclaimed 2010 book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” R...

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Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen: New Blood-Donor Policy, Same Gay Stigma

New York Times, May 21, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Eli Y. Adashi

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored an op-ed for the ;New York Times on the FDA...

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Review of Human subjects research regulation: perspectives on the future

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Vol. 36, Issue 2, April 2015
by Lydia Stewart Ferreira (Visiting Scholar)

Petrie-Flom Visiting Scholar ;Lydia Stewart Ferreira, currently Adjunct Professor at t...

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“My Body, My Bank”

Texas Law Review, Vol. 93, No. 4, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)



This essay reviews Kara Swanson’s "Banking on t...

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Innovator in Residence
Department of Health and Human Services

Deadline: April 01, 2015

A rapidly growing public health startup, ORGANIZE, is seeking to hire a forward-thinking, entreprene...

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FDA plans to end prohibition on blood donation by gay men, with conditions

PBS News Hour, December 23, 2014
by Gwen Ifill, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

"[...] the ban that we had in place was really outdated. It dates back to 1983, the early days of th...

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F.D.A. Easing Ban on Gays, to Let Some Give Blood

New York Times, December 23, 2014
by Sabrina Tavernise, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] “This is a major victory for gay civil rights,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a law profess...

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FDA Announces Plans to End Lifetime Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

Vice News, December 23, 2014
by Colleen Curry, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Harvard Law School bioethics and the law professor I. Glenn Cohen told VICE News that while he...

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US lifts ban on gay men donating blood — as long as they don’t have sex with other men

Vox, December 23, 2014
by Sarah Kliff and Julia Belluz, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law professor who wrote about the blood donor rule in JAMA: the Jo...

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FDA Advisors Not Sold on Lifting Ban on Gay Men Giving Blood

Philly.com, December 3, 2014
by Dennis Thomson, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] The FDA first adopted the policy at the dawn of the AIDS crisis. However, changing times and t...

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Freezing Eggs to Put off Pregnancy - Clever Business Move but Not Magic Bullet: Experts

Ria Novosti, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), October 20, 2014

From the article


[...] Although companies consider their offer to freeze eggs to be a benefit for...

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Egg freezing message: Lean in, and save the kids for later

The Boston Globe, October 16, 2014
by Joanna Weiss, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article


[...] Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School, worries that an egg-freezin...

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Facebook and Apple Are Now Paying for Egg Freezing

HuffPost Live, October 15, 2014
by Nancy Redd, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In this segment of HuffPost Live, host Nancy Redd interviews Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen to disc...

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Jeanne Shaheen says Scott Brown backed bill to let employers use religious opt-out on mammograms

PolitiFact, October 10, 2014
by Louis Jacobson, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article: 


[...] Holly Fernandez Lynch, a Harvard bioethicist and author of Conflicts...

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Human Subjects Research Regulation

MIT Press, August 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), eds.

>Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (MIT Press 2014), co-edited by Petrie... Read More

Inquisitive Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom

USA Today, June 5, 2014
by Heidi Hall, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

>Originally published as "Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom," ;The Tennesseean ;(June 5,... 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

VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE: Stem Cell Therapies:

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

Stem cells hold tremendous potential to advance health and medicine. Through replacement of damaged...

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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 gene...

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Biobanks: DNA and Research

The Hastings Center

This briefing chapter surveys key ethical challenges surrounding biospecimens, including issues of c...

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“The Tissue Issue”: Recent Developments in Biospecimen Research

by American Health Lawyers Association

A survey of many of the recent legal developments related to biospecimens, including research regula...

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Guidance on Research Involving Coded Private Information or Biological Specimens

Office for Human Research Protections

This document seeks to explain when research involving biospecimens constitutes human subjects resea...

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International Compilation of Human Research Standards

by Office for Human Research Protections

This list includes international laws, regulations, and guidelines governing the use of human biolog...

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Moore v. Regents of University of California

This seminal case held that patients generally do not own their biological materials once excised or...

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Greenberg v. Miami Children’s Hospital

This case addressed a variety of legal claims lodged by specimen donors after researchers sought to...

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Washington University v. Catalona

Another key case regarding biospecimen ownership and disposition via consent forms.

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2011 ANPRM to the Common Rule

Department of Health and Human Services

In 2011, the US government proposed a variety of changes to the regulations applicable to human subj...

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Found Your DNA on the Web: Reconciling Privacy and Progress

Hastings Center Report
by Amy Gutmann and James Wagner

This essay describes some of the privacy issues associated with biospecimen research, with reference...

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The Havasupai Indian Tribe Case — Lessons for Research Involving Stored Biologic Samples

by Michelle Mello and Leslie Wolf

This short article provides a synopsis of a key case regarding what constitutes adequate informed co...

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

This book tells the story of HeLa cells, a tremendously important cell line for scientific research...

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State Laws Regarding the Retention and Use of Residual Newborn Screening Blood Samples

by Michelle H. Lewis et al.

After newborn screening has been completed, many states retain residual newborn screening dried bloo...

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Anonymity, the Production of Goods, and Institutional Design

Fordham Law Review, Forthcoming
by Jeffrey Skopek



In this article, I demonstrate that anonymity has been misconceived as an aspect of priva...

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Charles Fried on Evidence as a Public Good

Friday, March 01, 2013
Lectures and Panels
Langdell 225 (Vorenberg Classroom), Harvard Law School
Watch Event Recordings

We hear a lot about the conflict between use of an individual's information for the public good...

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The Future of Human Subjects Research Regulation

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Conference Descriptio


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released an Advanc...

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