As scientists unravel the health and behavioral implications of the 20,000 genes in the human body, legal issues abound. Genetic tests are being offered to let people know if they are at risk of having a child with a genetic defect or if they will later in life suffer from cancer or other diseases. Genetic predispositions are also being investigated for certain behaviors, such as intelligence or anti-social behavior.
This course covers the tort law, family law, health law, constitutional law, criminal law, employment law, and insurance law implications of developments in genetics. Throughout, privacy issues are addressed as researchers, health care institutions, police, insurers and employers seek access to people’s genetic information.