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Genetics, The Law, and Society

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Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory / CCI Richmond and Los Angeles
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This two-and-one-half day (20-hour) course will provide an introduction to the legal, societal, and bioethical issues that arise from advances in genetics. Major topic areas include: advances in forensic genetics, genetic privacy and databanks, and selected applications in medical genetics. Substantive topics include: 1) forensic DNA databases and implications for civil liberties: ethics, law and policy, 2) sibling and relative searching, 3) post-conviction and post-execution DNA testing, 4) forensic phenotype profiling, and 5) genetic discrimination, privacy and confidentiality. This course is intended for forensic scientists, criminalists, supervising criminalists, laboratory managers and other crime laboratory personnel. In addition others that may attend include individuals interested in the use of forensic DNA databases: individuals involved in creating and evaluating DNA legislation, criminal justice personnel (city, county, state and federal law enforcement, lawyers, prosecutors, and judges) and educators who teach forensic genetics or related subjects. Each class is limited to 20 students. POST funding is not available.
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Classroom lectures, group discussions, small group activities, use of web references and resources and videos.
Successful completion of this course will enable students to become familiar with the legal, ethical and societal issues that arises from advances in genetics including forensics, genetic privacy and selected medical genetic applications. Students will also become familiar with current laws related to expanding forensic DNA databanks, forensic phenotype profiling, DNA databank expansion, familial searches and post-conviction and post-execution laws.
Genetic Typing Methods (R210), molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics, and/or approval of Program Manager
No cost for California public crime laboratory personnel. A $180.00 tuition fee is required for all other public agencies, private sector, or out of state applicants.

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