Biobanking and Bioethics: When Genetics Research Hits the Courts

Date of Event



February 15, 2007

Speaker: Lori B. Andrews, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Science, Law & Technology, and Associate Vice President at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

The Judge Ben C. Green Distinguished Lecture in Law

Do you own your DNA or does someone else? Do gene patents inhibit research? What can art and literature tell us about the impact of genetic technologies on individual identities and social relationships? Professor Andrews will describe the coming challenges in law and medicine. Professor Andrews has been an advisor on biomedical law to Congress, foreign governments, and various federal agencies. She has served as a consultant to the science ministers of twelve countries on the issues of embryo stem cells, gene patents, and DNA banking. She served as the chair of the federal advisory committee dealing with the legal, ethical, and social implications of the Human Genome Project. Professor Andrews was recently named an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine for "distinguished achievement in the field of legal medicine." After writing ten non-fiction books, she has recently published a novel - Sequence - which is a genetics thriller. In May 2007, she will publish the sequel, The Silent Assassin.

Lecture Series

Judge Ben C. Green Lectureship

Subject Headings

biobanking; bioethics; genetic research; genetics research and the courts; biobanking and bioethics; health law and policy


Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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