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Law, Biomedicine & Bioethics Seminar




2 cr.

Senior Writing


Student Year



This seminar will consider key topics at the intersection of law, biology, medicine, and bioethics, including research on human subjects, behavioral biology, medically assisted procreation and reproductive decision making, maternal-fetal relations, genetic testing and screening, genetic engineering and cloning, the definition of death, the termination of life-sustaining treatment, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, organ transplantation and artificial organs, and human enhancement. In each area we will investigate the role of law and its relationship to ethics, the interaction of law and ethics with medical and scientific practice, and the success or failure of law and ethics in responding to the central challenges. Each student will prepare a paper in consultation with the instructor. Enrollment is limited to 16 students, plus 4 additional spaces for non-law students.


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