The Ghost in Our Genes: Legal and Ethical Implications of Epigenetics
Mark A. Rothstein
University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Arizona State University
Gary E. Marchant, JD, PhD
Arizona State University - College of Law
February 3, 2009
Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2009
University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2010-02
Epigenetics is one of the most scientifically important, and legally and ethically significant, cutting-edge subjects of scientific discovery. Epigenetics link environmental and genetic influences on the traits and characteristics of an individual, and new discoveries reveal that a large range of environmental, dietary, behavioral, and medical experiences can significantly affect the future development and health of an individual and their offspring. This article describes and analyzes the ethical and legal implications of these new scientific findings.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 63
Keywords: Epigenetics, genetic, environmental
JEL Classification: K32, I18Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 4, 2008 ; Last revised: May 28, 2010
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