Lecture 3-10-09

Lecture 3-10-09 - Lecture 3/10/09 Regulatory Science and...

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Lecture 3/10/09 Regulatory Science and the Courts Background Recall Weinberg’s category of “trans-science” o Developed in response to a changing set of issues o Adversary process for deciding issues that fall between science and pure politics Hearings Agency review Public comments o What role for the courts? Courts Shape the Context for Doing Science Validity of biotech patents Determination of liability for harmful effects Standards for informed consent Scientific misconduct cases And probably soon, sources of human stem cells Drawing a Line Some areas have been off-limits: o Courts defer to peer review in funding decisions on individual proposals and funding priorities. Others are not: o Courts have ruled against regulatory agencies on the standards for regulatory science. Weinberg would approve! New technology can disrupt established understandings and settled social arrangements o e.g., in vitro fertilization
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2009 for the course -2 2610 taught by Professor Mikels,j. during the Fall '09 term at Cornell.

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Lecture 3-10-09 - Lecture 3/10/09 Regulatory Science and...

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