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1 BSC 3402: Theory and Practice in the Biological Sciences Science and the Law 17 November 2010
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2 Organizational for Today Name cards Return response paper #5. Comments on web site. Incorporate these into future papers. Next week 24 Nov. No class Week after 1 Dec. Scientists and the Media Must write on one of the three topics for RP#6 Answer a question before class on “Read First.” Hand in during class. This week: Discuss Science and Law
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Introduction Prior to 1993 evidence is admissable if it is Relevant to the case (addressed a fact at issue in the case) General acceptance, i.e. the methods used by an expert in forming his scientific conclusions must be “generally accepted” in his field of expertise. Daubert decision: federal judges are to act as “gatekeepers” with respect to expert testimony Judges examine the scientific method underlying the expert’s testimony and admit evidence only if it is “relevant” and “reliable.”
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4 In-Class Response What are the areas of contention or disagreement between science and the law?
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Injury Cases: Breast Implants and the Courts How safe is safe enough? Design defects require a judgment that a product was designed in a way that is unreasonably dangerous – what is unreasonable? Products that have risks are not necessarily unreasonably dangerous; are the risks posed by a product reasonable in light of the benefits derived from its use? Must establish cause and effect. Did the product in question cause the injury? How is this established? Both sides call experts (defined by their credentials) to present evidence. Lawyers seek experts whose testimony will support their side. Lawyers try to discredit the research of the other side. Grief & Merz 2007, pp. 149-167
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How would you design a study to determine whether breast implants caused injury?
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How would you design a study to determine whether breast implants caused injury?
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