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Marchant quoted in Wall Street Journal

Gary Marchant
June 14, 2011

Gary Marchant, the ASU Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics at the College of Law, was quoted in a May 31 blog on The Wall Street Journal website.

The posting, “As Science Advances, Will Interest in the Death Penalty Wane?,” refers to a column by Arizona Republic staffer E.J. Montini who wondered how new data on neuroscience and genetics might help explain criminal behavior. The data was examined during a recent conference co-hosted by the College of Law at the federal courthouse in downtown Phoenix.

“There is a ton of new science coming forward in both genetics and neuroscience that describe the brain in a way that leads to a predisposition to violent behavior,” said Marchant, Executive Director of the law school’s Center for Law, Science & Innovation.

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Marchant’s research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. Marchant is a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability, Associate Director of the ASU Origins Initiative and a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences.

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