EDST 391 Ethics & the Human Genome


Assignment for Day 25
Ethical tug-of-war between genomic research and the law?
Kristen and Meredith's day!

Required readings:

Writing assignments:

  1. (Relevant to Kristen's topic) New genomic technologies are creating new ethical challenges. Some people say that we need new laws to regulate these technologies so they are used in an ethical manner.

  2. (Relevant to Meredith's topic) New genomic knowledge is being used to challenge the ethical basis of existing criminal law. Specifically, some people say that genetic susceptibility to crime undercuts the legal presumption that criminals have free will. Without free will they cannot be held responsible for their crimes. It's the "genes may be do it" defense. We will discuss this in class.