GENETICS, LAW, AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Thu, Dec 05
12:30 PM — 2:00 PM
North Academic CenterCity College of New York160 Convent Avenue
North Academic Center, 1/201
Since the early twentieth century, genetics has joined with law to shape and reshape human rights.DANIEL J. KEVLES, Yale University: Since the early twentieth century, genetics has joined with law to shape and reshape human rights in reproduction, privacy, and medicine. This lecture will examine several episodes — among them the 1927 Buck v. Bell decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Virginia’s sterilization law and the Supreme Court’s decision this past June to overturn the patents on two breast-cancer genes —with regard to how and why law and genetics first limited and then came to bolster human rights.