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Jorge L. Contreras

The Genome Defense

Jorge L. Contreras received his law degree from Harvard and teaches intellectual property, science policy, and the law and ethics of genetics at the University of Utah, and has served on high‑level governmental advisory committees. His articles have appeared in Science, Nature, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, among others. He has been featured on NPR, PRI, and BBC radio, and his opinions are cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and the Washington Post 

The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle to Determine Who Owns Your DNA 

Author and law specialist Jorge L. Contreras devoted years to investigating the groundbreaking civil rights case AMP v. Myriad. In The Genome Defense, Contreras shows how ACLU lawyers, along with a committed group of activists, scientists, and physicians, took their one-in-a-million case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Contreras interviewed more than a hundred key players involved in all aspects of the case—from judges and policy makers to ethicists and genetic counselors, as well as cancer survivors and those whose lives would be impacted by the decision—expertly weaving together their stories into a fascinating narrative of this pivotal moment in history, as society grapples with balancing scientific discovery with corporate profits and the rights of all people. 

October 26, 8 - 9pm, Wednesday

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Jorge L. Contreras

In The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle to Determine Who Owns Your DNA, Contreras follows ACLU lawyers, along with a committed group of activists, scientists, and physicians, who took a one-in-a-million case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, showing how society is grappling with how to balance scientific discovery with corporate profits and the rights of all people.

8-9 p.m., virtual

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