New molecular and cellular technologies applied to health have already resulted in improved diagnosis and treatment of various human diseases and offered better quality of life to patients all over the world. However, the rapid emergence of these technologies coming from the basic sciences has created numerous challenges in establishing legal and regulatory frameworks in research and clinical application. Different approaches and attitudes to these technologies in aspects ranging from moral, ethical, political to economic aspects have led to conflict of laws and regulations. These challenging issues are confronting lawyers in various fields including health law, drug and device regulatory law, intellectual property law and trade law. To understand the impact of these technologies, lawyers need a deep appreciation of the interrelationships of Law, Science, Medical Practice, Business, Economics, Religion, Ethics and Consumer Relations in the era of the Internet. This course will focus on some of the new and emerging technologies applied to health in the context of legal practice.
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