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The Genome and the Law: Should Increased Genetic Knowledge Change the Law?

By E. Donald Elliott

Abstract

The title of this symposium asks: \u22Does scientific knowledgechange the law?\u22 On one level, the answer is obvious: ofcourse, science and technology are always changing the law?As a matter of positive description, law is an integral part of aculture, and as cultural knowledge and beliefs about humannature change, law inevitably changes with them. But the moreinteresting and important question is the normative one: howshould our law change in light of increasing knowledge of thehuman genome? That will be a central question occupyinglegal thought in coming decades as progress in geneticschanges not only our understanding of human nature, but alsoour ability to manipulate human nature

Topics: Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 2001
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.law.yale.edu:fss_papers-3187
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