Faculty Director Gary Marchant spoke at the Seminar on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics last month. He elaborated on the question “Can Liability Improve Clinical Genomics?”
One of the major roadblocks to the success of clinical genomics has been identified as the failure of healthcare providers to utilize genomics. Marchant’s presentation critically evaluated whether medical malpractice liability could improve the appropriate and accurate uses of genomics by providers. His presentation discussed the frequency of legal errors in clinical genomics, the impact of potential liability on behavior change and deterrence, potential adverse side effects of litigation and more.
Other presentations for this Seminar will be held in the coming months, with speakers from the Hastings Center, UPenn, UCLA and Bard College.