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276.71 sec. 1 - Bioethics, Law and the Life Sciences (Spring 2013)
"Exploring the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Technological Change"

Instructor: David Winickoff  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: W 10:00-12:40
Meeting Location: 136

Course Start: January 09, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49964


New applied biosciences like genomics, DNA sequencing, stem cell research, forensic DNA databases, and genetic engineering are reconfiguring the legal individual even as they reconstitute life itself. In particular, developments in biotechnology and the life sciences have thrown into question existing institutional and doctrinal approaches to intellectual property, reproduction, human subjects research, crime and punishment, health care, and privacy. Through reading primary materials and relevant secondary sources, this course seeks to identify and explore salient ethical, legal, and policy issues - and possible solutions - associated with the new biotechnologies.

David Winickoff (J.D., M.A.) is Associate Professor of Bioethics at U.C. Berkeley in the College of Natural Resources and writes widely at the intersection of bioethics, law, science and technology policy, and the environment. His work analyzes how new technology can have transformative effects on society - not just on the economy or culture, but also on legal rights and political institutions. He also explores how society can and must help govern technology through law and policy to help produce a more equitable and democratic society. In addition to teaching and research, he works directly with hospitals, government agencies, and environmental groups. He is a graduate of Yale College, University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School.

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Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
Law and Society
Legal Theory and History
Social Justice and Public Interest

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