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Nov. 4, 2008
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, (785) 864-9205.

Renowned geneticist to headline biolaw symposium at law school

Lee Silver

LAWRENCE — A Princeton University geneticist who has stirred controversy with his views on reproductive technologies will deliver the keynote address at a University of Kansas School of Law symposium.

Lee Silver, author of “Remaking Eden — How Genetic Engineering and Cloning Will Transform the American Family,” will speak at 1 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Dole Institute of Politics to kick off Biolaw 2.0, the 2008 symposium of the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy. The symposium will continue from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Nov. 14 at 106 Green Hall.

Silver’s address, “The Clash of Biotechnology and Religion: Choosing My Child’s Genes, Probing the Edge of Humanness and Considering the Post-Human Genome,” will delve into some of the most salient questions facing society today. A group of prominent legal scholars will comment on Silver’s talk, discussing what role the law will play in this brave new world where ensuring that your child will live a cancer-free life or be predisposed to the arts are options available for just a few extra dollars.

Peter Yu, a professor at the Drake University Law School, will conclude the Nov. 13 lectures using the medical metaphor of transplants to illustrate some of the issues confronting intellectual property law in a global society.

Biolaw 2.0 will continue Nov. 14 with lectures by distinguished scholars on subjects ranging from environmental sustainability of genetically modified foods to patenting human genes to developing biotechnology. Michele Goodwin, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, will give the lunch keynote address, discussing the black market for human body parts.

Silver’s distinguished resume includes authoring numerous books on genetics, biotechnology and public policy, including “Remaking Eden” (Harper Perennial, 2007) and “Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life” (Ecco/Harper Collins, 2006). In addition to numerous other publications, presentations and media interviews, Silver has appeared on TV programs such as “The Colbert Report” and “Nightline with Ted Koppel.”

The inaugural biolaw conference was hosted last year by the Kansas Law Review. Reservations to this year’s event are not required but are appreciated. Register by e-mailing Katie Morgan at

Symposium sponsors have applied for 12 hours of continuing legal education credit in Kansas and Missouri. Those wishing to receive credit must register and pay a $30 fee; contact Morgan for more information.

The law firm of Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC is co-sponsoring the symposium with the law school. Additional support has been given by Phi Beta Delta and the Health Law Society.


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