Epigenetic Exceptionalism

6 Pages Posted: 29 May 2013

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Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: May 28, 2013

Abstract

Emerging fields of science often create new challenges for ethics and law. In assessing the broader societal implications of scientific discoveries, a reasonable analytical starting point is determining how the discoveries compare with existing science. If the new field is substantially similar to an established one, then the ethical and legal analyses are likely to be comparable. On the other hand, if the new scientific developments are extraordinary in kind or degree, then a new analytical framework and new approaches to ethics and law may be necessary.

Keywords: epigenetics, genetics, exceptionalism, ethics, bioethics, privacy, discrimination

JEL Classification: K32, K31

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., Epigenetic Exceptionalism (May 28, 2013). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2271290

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

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 )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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