The Genome and the Law: Should Increased Genetic Knowledge Change the Law?, 25 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 61 (2001)
The title of this symposium asks: "Does scientific knowledge
change the law?" On one level, the answer is obvious: of
course, science and technology are always changing the law?
As a matter of positive description, law is an integral part of a
culture, and as cultural knowledge and beliefs about human
nature change, law inevitably changes with them. But the more
interesting and important question is the normative one: how
should our law change in light of increasing knowledge of the
human genome? That will be a central question occupying
legal thought in coming decades as progress in genetics
changes not only our understanding of human nature, but also
our ability to manipulate human nature.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Elliott, E. Donald, "The Genome and the Law: Should Increased Genetic Knowledge Change the Law?" (2001). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 2217.