Genetics: A Handbook for Lawyers
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Since the discovery of heredity more than 150 years ago, developments in the science of genetics have increased exponentially. The use of DNA in 1986 was arguably the most significant advancement in forensics since the use of fingerprints.
Genetics: A Handbook for Lawyers, Second Edition explores the implications of recent discoveries in the field of genetics, with easy-to-understand discussions of the science and its application in real cases. Dr. A. Jamie Cuticchia, who holds both a PhD in genetics and a JD, walks you through everything you need to know, whether you’re a litigator, family or health lawyer, patent attorney, or law student, including:
- Molecular Biology
- History of Genetics
- Cutting Edge Technology and Evidentiary Value
- Role of Genetics in Health
- Forensic Collection and Analysis of DNA
- Paternity Testing
- Consumer Genetics
- Computational Tools to Validate Data
- Ethical Issues
- Intellectual Property
- Explaining Genetic Issues to a Jury
The information contained in this reference book will better enable the law practitioner to be learned in the discipline, point out relevant and interesting legal issues to clients and the court, and help expert witnesses be as clear and effective as possible. This book is heavily annotated, through citations to statutes, case law, and scientific discoveries, for those wishing to explore a topic more deeply.
Author A. Jamie Cuticchia, PhD, JD, has more than 25 years of experience in biomedical research. Dr. Cuticchia earned his doctorate in genetics from the University of Georgia. He has served on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, and, most recently, the Duke University School of Medicine. In 2009, he graduated magna cum laude from the North Carolina Central University School of Law where he was Managing Editor of the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review. He is the founder of AJC Legal Services, where he practices patent law and helps biotechnology companies grow. Moreover, he serves as a consultant in the biomedical field and is a frequent presenter on topics such as the Human Genome Project, personal and precision medicine, and legal and ethical issues surrounding modern medical science. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Vice-Chair of the Biotechnology Law Committee of the Section of Science & Technology Law of the American Bar Association, Member of the Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability, and an awardee of numerous honors.
This is the author’s ninth book.
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