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LAWS6914: Law, Genetics and New Health Technologies

2024 unit information

This unit will examine the scope and limitations of existing regulation of new genetic technologies with respect to humans; consider recent health innovations in the area of human genetics and the role and effectiveness of law in managing these new developments and evaluate the role of law as a means to control both the development of new genetic technologies and the utilisation of existing technologies. This will include a specific focus on topics such as, individual decision-making versus responsibility for genetic risk, individual versus community rights, genetic privacy, genetic discrimination, transformation of standards of care, reproductive autonomy, and ownership, control and benefit-sharing of genetic information and research developments. Specific issues covered may include: genetic screening including of adults, children and newborns; prenatal genetic testing; genetic registers; genetic privacy; genetic discrimination; the regulation of genetic research and innovative health technologies such as genetic engineering, 3D bioprinting, stem cell therapies, personalized and regenerative medicine, organoid research, and biobanking. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

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Code LAWS6914
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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Semester 2b 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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