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Current Issues in Bioethics and Law: A Multidisciplinary Discussion

A number of recent events illustrate the inextricable link between bioethics and law. This June, the Supreme Court rejected the patentability of naturally occurring genes, and permitted compulsory DNA testing as a legitimate police booking procedure alongside fingerprinting and photographing. The tragedies in Newtown and at the Navy Yard have raised many questions about the treatment of mental health records, and the Department of Health and Human Services is considering allowing states to report certain mental illness information to the FBI for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The landmark Affordable Care Act has sparked debate about religious objections to covered services, the use of personal medical data, and the cost of end-of-life care.? ?This distinguished, multidisciplinary panel will discuss and debate current issues in bioethics and law and will take audience questions on future challenges in this dynamic and exciting area.

Speakers: D. Eugene Redmond, Jr., M.D. (Yale School of Medicine)
The Honorable Barry R. Schaller, YLS '63 (Yale Law School, Connecticut Appellate CourtJudge, Former Justice of Connecticut Supreme Court)
Howard V. Zonana, M.D. (Yale Law School, Yale School of Medicine)
Moderator: Stephen R. Latham, J.D., Ph.D. (Yale University)