Category Archives: Health & Biotechnology

Customizing Conception: A Survey of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and the Resulting Social, Ethical, and Legal Dilemmas

By: Jason Christopher Roberts One in six American couples experience difficulties conceiving a child. With fertility rates at an all time low, the business of treating infertility is booming. However, due to the United States prohibition on government funding for … Continue reading

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Appropriate Aims: Setting Boundaries for Reprogenetic Technology

By: Dana Ziker Not too long ago, ten fingers and ten toes defined a successful birth. Not too far from now, ten fingers and ten toes will be just the beginning. Parents always hope for a healthy baby, and medical … Continue reading

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Egregious Error or Admirable Advance: The Memorandum of Understanding That Enables Federally Funded Basic Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By: Amy Ligler Nothing contained herein shall be considered to be the grant of a commercial license or right under the Wisconsin Patent Rights or to Wisconsin Materials. Furthermore, nothing contained herein shall be construed to be a waiver of … Continue reading

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A Reconsideration of the Physicians’ Immunity Statute

By: Steve Dirksen The author assesses the “physicians’ immunity statute” from legal policy, ethical, and financial perspectives, and concludes that alternatives such as licensure and monetary incentives would better serve the goal of encouraging invention more effectively by rewarding it. … Continue reading

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The Clone Wars: The Growing Debate Over Federal Cloning Legislation

By: John Garvish As readers of science fiction are well aware, the term “clone” refers to asexually produced offspring, that is, offspring produced by a process of cell-division which does not begin with the union of two sex cells. A … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Wind Blows: Genetically Altered Seed and Neighboring Farmers

By: Jill Sudduth In March 2001, agro-business giant Monsanto won a victory in Canadian Federal Court over Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser. This case sets international precedent for appropriated seed cases and illustrates the primary concerns American courts must face as … Continue reading

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The Fate of Gene Patents Under the New Utility Guidelines

By: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) recently finalized its patent utility guidelines. Promulgated by the PTO, the new guidelines will be used by patent examiners in determining whether a claimed invention should be awarded patent protection ;and … Continue reading

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