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LL.M. Biotech program launches journal club

October 05, 2009

Students in the LL.M. in Biotechnology and Genomics program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law have begun a journal club that will meet semi-monthly for discussion of articles relating to genetics and the law. The club is open to faculty, students, alumni and staff members of the law school community.

"This club allows students to both learn about the most recent important developments in genetics and the law, and be in a collaborative environment with other students and faculty to explore these developments together," says Gary Marchant, executive director of the College's Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology, where the LL.M. program is housed. Regular attendance is encouraged, but not required.

The meetings will be held every other Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. in Armstrong Hall, Room 111, and pizza will be served. Upcoming dates and topics:

• Oct. 6 - "From Genetic Privacy to Open Consent," published in 2008 in Nature Reviews Genetics. Click here to read. The meeting will be lead by LL.M. student Terry Corbett.

Oct. 20 - "Preempting Discrimination: Lessons from the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act," forthcoming in the Vanderbilt Law Review. Click here to read the abstract. Discussion leader: Michele Molyneaux.

Nov. 3 -"Genetic Surveillance - The Bogeyman Response to Familial DNA Investigations," published in 2009 in the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy. Click here to read. Discussion leader: Sheila Lynn Besario.

• Nov. 17 - "Pharmacogenetic Testing: Not as Simple as it Seems," published in 2008 in Genetics in Medicine. Click here to read the abstract. Discussion leader: Huoung Ngo.

• Dec. 1 - "The Impact of Patents on the Development of Genome-based Clinical Diagnostics: an Analysis of Case Studies," published in 2009 in Genetics in Medicine. Click here to read the abstract. Discussion leader: Levent Kilinc.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law