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Law Professor to Discuss Legal Aspects of Genome Research

January 30, 2001

University of Michigan law professor Rebecca Eisenberg will discuss the legal implications of genomics research when she speaks Thursday, Feb. 1, at the University of California, Davis.

Her public talk, "Is the Patent System Ready for the Genome?" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the campus's Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center on Old Davis Road.

A graduate of Stanford University and UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, Eisenberg regularly teaches courses on intellectual property, legal regulation of science and legal issues related to the Human Genome Project. She has written extensively about patent law as it applies to biotechnology and the role of intellectual property in research science.

Her research on private appropriation and public dissemination of DNA-sequence information was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's program on the ethical legal and social implications of the human genome project.

She also has been active in public policy debates concerning the role of intellectual property in biomedical research.

She is an advisor to the National Institutes of Health and a member of an advisory group on the ethical, legal and social implications of human genome research.

Two more lectures will follow Eisenberg's in the "Biotechnology, Policy and Society Lecture Series," held on selected Thursday evenings until early March. The series is sponsored by the campus's Center for History, Society, and Culture in an effort to present a broad range of thought on biotechnology and its social implications.

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