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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

Yu Cai


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

Abstract:     
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, I18

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Date posted: June 4, 2008 ; Last revised: February 17, 2014

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Rothstein, Mark A. and Yu Cai and Marchant, JD, PhD, Gary E., The Ghost in Our Genes: Legal and Ethical Implications of Epigenetics (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. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1140443

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Mark A. Rothstein
University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )
Louisville, KY 40202
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics
University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )
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Louisville, KY 40292
United States
Yu Cai
Arizona State University ( email )
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Tempe, AZ 85287
United States
Gary E. Marchant, JD, PhD (Contact Author)
Arizona State University - College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
(480) 965-3246 (Phone)
(480) 965-2427 (Fax)
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